Politics and Post-colonial Theory: African Inflections

Framsida
Psychology Press, 2001 - 164 sidor
This groundbreaking book makes sense of the complexities and dynamics of post-colonial politics, illustrating how post-colonial theory has marginalised a huge part of its constituency, namely Africa.
Politics and Post-Colonial Theorytraces how African identity has been constituted and reconstituted by examining issues such as:
* negritude
* the rise of nationalism
* decolonisation.
The book also questions how helpful post-colonial analysis can be in understanding the complexities which define institutions including:
* the nation-state
* civil society
* human rights
* citizenship.
Politics and Post-colonial Theorybravely breaks down disciplinary boundaries. Its radical vision will be essential reading for all those engaged in Politics, post-colonial studies and African studies.
 

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Introduction
1
Postcolonialism and Africa
8
Postcolonialism beyond literary studies
14
Scope and organisation
18
Negritude and nativism in search of identity
20
Senghors negritude
23
Cesaires negritude
27
Critiques of negritude
30
African perspectives on good governance
76
The centrality of civil society
77
Human rights in Africa
86
The African Charter of Rights
92
Conclusion
95
Citizenship subjectivity and the crisis of modernity
97
the argument
98
Problems with the Mamdani thesis
102

Conclusion
32
Decolonisation and national liberation
34
the oppressed consciousness of the colonised
39
Edward Said and resistance
43
a strategy towards liberation
49
Conclusion
50
Modernity and the problem of the nationstate
52
The crisis of the African state
53
African studies and the conceptualisation of the African state
55
Postcolonialism modernity and the African state
66
Conclusion
71
Striving for democratisation the complexities of civil society and human rights
73
The rise of authoritarian rule
74
The complexities of citizenship and subjectivity
105
postcolonial reflections
108
Conclusion
112
Globalisation and postcolonialism towards the reconstitution of identity
113
Culture and globalisation
117
Postcolonialism and globalisation
122
Globalisation and inflections
124
Conclusion
130
Afterword
132
Notes
136
Works cited
142
Index
158
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Om författaren (2001)

Pal Ahluwalia is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Adelaide. He has written extensively on African Politics and post-colonial theory. His most recent publication, with Bill Ashcroft, is Edward Said: The Paradox of Identity, also published by Routledge.

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