African Thoughts on Colonial and Neo-Colonial Worlds

Facets of an Intellectual History of Africa

By Sara Marzagora, Joanna Tegnerowicz, Felix Muller, Ninja Steinbach-Huether, Anais Angelo, Paulina Aroch-Fugellie, Lena Dallywater, Lutz Diegner, Myra Ann Houser, Janine Klage

Edited by: Arno Sonderegger

This collection shows the many facets of African engagements with the world. The book starts from the premise that current global asymmetries ascribing Africa to a marginalized position are the effects of colonial and imperial pasts still lingering in the present. The decolonization process of the post-war years did not radically erode the global power structure which privileges the West in both political and economic terms. While new dependencies emerged, several old bonds were maintained and continue to influence African affairs quite strikingly. It is appropriate then to call these continued unequal relations between Africa and the West frankly 'neo-colonial.' This designation applies all the more as the post-colonial states of Africa inherited a complex legacy of foreign rule: colonial frontiers, colonial languages, colonial infrastructure, and authoritarian institutions, as well as the social intricacies and imbalances so characteristic of the 'colonial situation.' The contributions look at various aspects of these complex processes from intellectual history perspectives. The topics dealt with are manifold. The book deliberately attacks key themes, ideas, and discourses on an intellectual history of Africa (state, modernity, development, dependency, art, etc.) and introduces important engaged public intellectuals from Africa and the African diaspora. What is Africa and how is it related to the rest of the world? How can it overcome its internal problems and its external dependencies? These are perennial questions critically tackled by Africans throughout the 20th century. Their thoughts form the core of the present book. *** Librarians: ebook available on ProQuest and EBSCO [Subject: History, African Studies, Colonial Studies, International Relations]

Publication Date: 11/30/2015
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9783958080232