Citizen and Subject:Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism

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Citizen and Subject:Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism
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In this provocative analysis of the obstacles to democratization in post-independence Africa, Mahmood Mandani offers a bold, insightful account of colonialism's legacy: a bifurcated power that mediated racial domination through tribally organized local authorities, reproducing racial identity in citizens and ethnic identity in subjects. By tapping authoritarian possibilities in culture, and by giving culture an authoritative bent, British indirect rule (decentralized despotism) set the pace for Africa; other colonial powers followed suit, South Africa being the last. Apartheid, Mamdani maintains, was actually the generic form of the colonial state in Africa.
ISBN: 
9780691027937
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Paperback
Publication Date: 
April 21, 1996