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Politics and Post-Colonial Theory

African Inflections, 1st Edition

By Pal Ahluwalia


176 pages

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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 Theory traces 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 Theory bravely breaks down disciplinary boundaries. Its radical vision will be essential reading for all those engaged in Politics, post-colonial studies and African studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. "Negritude and Nativism": In Search of Identity 2. Decolonisation and National Liberation 3. Modernity and the Problem of the Nation-State 4. Striving for Democratisation: The Complexities of Civil Society and Human Rights 5. Citizenship, Subjectivity and the Crisis of Modernity 6. Globalisation and Post-Colonialism: Towards the Reconstitution of Identity 7. Conclusion

About the Author

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Comparative