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Title: The Crises of Postcoloniality in Africa
Contributors: Omeje, Kenneth
Keywords: Africa
Postcolonial Africa
Western influences
21st century
Horn of Africa
South Africa
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: CODESRIA (Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa)
Place of Publication: Dakar, Senegal
Series/Report no.: CODESRIA book series
Description: Postcoloniality is logically linked to two levels of crises unleashed on Africa by colonial destabilization. The first level is the physical aspect and this is concerned with the political and economic structures inherited from the colonial dispensation, which privilege the metropole (ex-colonial masters and the West) and the local postcolonial political elites. The contributions by Yates, Keenan and Abubakar (to mention a few) to this volume have eloquently underscored the symbiotic relations between Africa’s postcolonial elites and their Western allies, and how the selfserving exploitative relations have continued to reinforce Africa’s strategic marginality, subservience and underdevelopment. In particular, Murithi and Kabia have extended the frontiers of the debate to African regional institutions (African Union and ECOWAS) by demonstrating the complex interplay of postcoloniality in conflict regionalization, as well as how the phenomenon has historically affected the efforts toward regional security, development, unity and integration. The second level of crises is the mental and social aspect, which has to do with the binary values and stereotypes, internalized behavioural patterns, attitudes, and idiosyncrasies that tend to reinforce the social relations of postcoloniality. The second level further extends to the structurally embedded, influential and continuing discourses of Africa and Africans in a (neo-) nativist sense. In the end, it is evident from the various contributions to this volume that, contrary to Crawford Young’s proclamation in 2004 announcing ‘the demise of the postcolonial moment’, postcoloniality remains a contemporary African reality.
ISSN: 978-2-86978-602-8
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