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Cybernating the academe: Centralization of science assessment as hegemony, an African alternative

Nwagwu, Williams

Abstract:
Discusses a form of neoliberal hegemony manifest in the mobilisation of information technologies (IT) to control and discipline global intellectual discourse. With the aid of IT, some reputable international databases organize and analyse data collected from a skewed proportion of world’s primary information sources mainly available in the North and make generalizations about the state and structure of global knowledge. Considering their collections as archetypical evidence of world science, the databases do not accord adequate deference to the global diversity and complexity in human and other resources, which influence the understanding and practice of science in different communities, with the resultant emergence of a one-dimensional ‘Northern’ intellectual edifice. Although this development is being balanced by the birth of other databases that have regional, national and organizationa focuses respectively, such infrastructure is not yet available in Africa with the consequence that there is no source for adequate understanding of scientific activities in Africa.

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Title of Paper: Cybernating the academe: Centralization of science assessment as hegemony, an African alternative


Date:2007
Document Type:Other (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Research
Country:African Continent
Keywords:Publication Productivity, Performance Measurement, Research Assessment, Knowledge Production, Developing countries, Critiques, Diversity, Centralisation, Neoliberalism


File Size:133 KB
Rights:Williams Nwagwu
Additional information:Unpublished yet
Date Added:23 January 2007


Nwagwu, Williams (2007). Cybernating the academe: Centralization of science assessment as hegemony, an African alternative