Dr. George Dei releases new books

Ghanaian-born, University of Toronto Professor Dr. George Dei has released four new books.

The first is Teaching Africa, which offers critical perspectives to the study, learning and teaching of Africa and the African experiences. The book, with a foreword by Professor Molefi Asante of Temple University, challenges problematic portrayals of the African experience. It provides critical insights to understanding the complexities, differences, as well as the shared experiences and histories of African people.

Written from an African-centred perspective, the book addresses distorted Eurocentric views of Africa, and addresses key questions about the teaching methods and methodologies relating to Africa from an indigenous African knowledge base. Dei addresses the need for African peoples to reclaim their past, histories, and also interrogate and contest the present, so as to design their own futures.

The second book, Learning to Succeed, is a collection of pieces on the study of high academic achievers written with his co-researchers at U of T on the Canadian school system. The essays examine varying conceptions of high academic achievers from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

The two other books: Fanon and Education: Thinking Through Pedagogical Possibilities and Fanon and the Counter-Insurgency of Education, examine the implications of the ideas of the late author and philosopher, Frantz Fanon, for rethinking education in North America. Born in Martinique, Fanon was one of the pre-eminent thinkers of the 20th Century on the issue of decolonization and the psychopathology of colonization.

The books take up the challenge of an anti-colonial reading of Fanon, to broach questions of identity, difference and belonging, and the implication for schooling and education. In particular, the two books on Fanon highlight the limitations of Black/African bodies continually seeking currency and validation through a negotiation of White colonial spaces.

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