Gaming Borderless Internationalism: From International to Interlocalized System Using Ujamaa Epistemology

Published date01 October 2023
DOIhttp://doi.org/10.1177/00208817231176479
AuthorFrancis Onditi,Claire Amuhaya
Date01 October 2023
Subject MatterResearch Articles
https://doi.org/10.1177/00208817231176479
International Studies
60(4) 431 –443, 2023
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Research Article
Gaming Borderless
Internationalism:
From International to
Interlocalized System
Using Ujamaa
Epistemology
Francis Onditi1 and Claire Amuhaya2
Abstract
This article develops a proposed unifying theoretical framework for the concept
of ‘interlocalization as an explanatory adjustment to the hegemonic concept of
internationalism. This is a response to an exploratory study by Francis Onditi,
published by the Futures, ‘Futuring an “Inclusive Knowledge Futures” Framework
beyond IR Theories’, aimed at elucidating Afrocentric international studies
scholars’ understanding of Africa’s futures that emboldens both local and global
value systems. In the current article, ‘interlocalization is defined as a process of
(re)creating a seamless linkage between African local epistemologies (ujamaa)
and international knowledge systems. In this system of knowledge production
and consumption, institutions and debates shift from the national scale to the
global scale and downwards to the local level. In this proliferation and restless
knowledge scaling, it remains blurred, whether the local African epistemologies
and knowledge networks are capable of becoming simultaneously more globalized
and transnational? In this article, we utilize gaming model to theoretically simulate
the ‘positivity’ and ‘negativity’ of the attributes that build up a mutual global system
and international order.
Keywords
Interlocalization, internationalism, African epistemology, ujamaa, borderless,
global system
2RUDN, Moscow, Russian Republic
Corresponding author:
Francis Onditi, Riara University School of International Relations and Diplomacy, Mbagathi Way,
Nairobi, Kenya.
E-mail: fonditi@riarauniversity.ac.ke
1Riara University School of International Relations and Diplomacy, Mbagathi Way, Nairobi, Kenya

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