Smash-and-grab, truth and dare …

Colin Chasi, Ylva Rodny-Gumede

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In this article, we daringly advance a ‘smash-and-grab’ approach as a radical epistemic grounding for communication studies. We draw inspiration from African scholarship, legitimating the ‘smashing and grabbing’ of usable and valuable insights from anywhere while viably calling for the construction and elaboration of conceptual schema that are locally relevant. In this way, we seek to reclaim the common humanity of scholars and to counter the current insularity by which communication scholarship remains steeped in archaic, patriarchal, and decidedly racialised ideas of the West and the rest.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)694-700
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Communication Gazette
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016


  • African scholarship
  • Southernizing
  • communications
  • de-Westernizing
  • epistemology
  • global North
  • global South
  • ‘smash-and-grab’

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science


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