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“Open Access” and the Fate of Knowledge from Africa: A Theoretical Discussion
Type of Resource: Journal Article
Year of Publication: 2018
- Digital Literacy And Skills
Author(s): Dennis Masaka
Open Access, is often understood as referring to the free circulation of research outputs from and to all parts of the planet. It is argued that this definition is deceptive because it ignores the fact that the imposition of the epistemological paradigm of the hegemonic culture on the indigenous people of Africa translates to the partial destruction of their epistemological paradigm. The thesis that this author defends is that Open Access ought to be preceded by the “open production of knowledge.” This is necessary so that the research that becomes freely available globally through Open Access genuinely reflects the diversity of its knowledges and producers.