Angela Okune Annotations

Why is this STS innovation needed?

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 12:34pm

AO: In this quote, Maranga implicitly argues that through the promotion of reading, libraries can help to raise consciousness. Here, he explicitly mentions consciousness raising amongst religious followers. This seems to align with Ukombozi library founders beliefs, but they would probably qualify Maranga's statement by highlighting that which reading materials are available matters and that libraries full of non/irrelevant materials will not contribute to consciousness-raising.

Since reading empowers, this will help eliminate exploitation of earnings, political violence (from brainwashing and religious/political rhetoric) and a saviour mentality from the masses. It will allow the people to exercise their individual will in the most responsible ways and as a collective, have a better society.

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What frameworks have been mobilized to articulate this STS innovation?

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 12:27pm

AO: Here, we see Maranga leveraging a progress (and linear development) narrative to describe the importance and necessity of archives and libraries.

For society to be able to continually progress, information is needed. Information on solutions applied in the past, challenges encountered and history is very important. To prove this point, it has been challenging for African societies to keep track of our history because we have been oral societies.

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