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Psychology in Society

On-line version ISSN 2309-8708
Print version ISSN 1015-6046

Abstract

SEGALO, Puleng  and  CAKATA, Zethu. A psychology in our own language: Redefining psychology in an African context. Psychol. Soc. [online]. 2017, n.54, pp.29-41. ISSN 2309-8708.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2309-8708/2017/n54a3.

Psychology in Africa has for a long time and continues to be a contentious subject. Many scholars have pointed to the importance of acknowledging multiple forms of knowing and being in the world and understanding the complexities of understanding how people make meaning of their world. The urge to understand and define the I notion of being human in universalistic terms minimises and obscures the complexities of human experiences in time, space and geolocation. This paper argues for the I need to take the role of languages (indigenous) earnestly / if we are to imagine a psychology (African) that takes local contexts within which it is practised and taught l seriously. Furthermore, we insist on the importance of decolonising the psychology curriculum wherein what is deemed as legitimate at the exclusion of other forms of knowing becomes challenged.

Keywords : African Psychology; decolonisation; indigenous languages; epistemic disobedience.

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