Axiological foundations of Pan-Afrikan governance, 2020

Atlanta University and Clark Atlanta University Theses and Dissertations
Axiological foundations of Pan-Afrikan governance, 2020
Whelchel, Noel
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Young, Kurt
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United States, Georgia, Fulton County, Atlanta, 33.749, -84.38798
The three primary objectives of this study include (1) the introduction and elaboration of the concepts of a Pan-Afrikan value theory and Pan-Afrikan governance or governance in the collective interest and for the greater good of Afrikan peoples with the aim of expanding scholarly and general discourses on Pan-Afrikan developments to include axiological considerations; (2) by way of comparative analyses, determine critical differences between the Afrikan worldview and Western-centric or Eurocentric perspectives on governance; describe how the Afrikan communal values have shaped indigenous practices, particularly as it relates to governance, and thereby uncover value orientations that would be supportive of Pan-Afrikan governance; and (3) through a qualitative content analysis of three case studies, make an assessment of how values are expressed in practice and how they might relate to considerations of governance practices. To achieve these objectives, an approach was developed that emphasizes the cultural values and normative assumptions which must inform any inquiry into political activities. Using a Pan-Afrikan Nationalist lens, major works in Western political philosophy over the past century were reviewed to determine and characterize significant themes in that discourse. Next, conceptualizations of Afrikan communalism were reviewed and the basic propositions and values that inform communalistic practices relative to governance were explained. Classic texts from Ancient Kemet (Egypt) were examined to establish the historical basis and cultural foundations for the value orientations of Pan-Afrikanism. A Pan-Afrikan value theory was developed and explained relative to governance practices. The analysis of the case studies allowed the researcher to draw conclusions about how values are expressed in practice for three different institutions. It was determined that the greatest attention is usually given to demands for economic resources and to procedures promoting organizational efficiency. The research concludes with arguments for why more attention ought to be paid to matters of culture and value judgments in Pan-Afrikan discourses.
Date of award: 2020-05
Degree type: dissertation
Degree name: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Granting institution: Clark Atlanta University
Department: Department of Political Science
Advisor: Young, Kurt
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Clark Atlanta University
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