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Popular Rule and its Discontents: Decolonization of Africa

A LibGuide created for Crina Archer's course, "Popular Rule and its Discontents" (POL2113)

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Decolonization is the process by which a colony gains its independence from the colonizing nation in order to become an autonomous country. Colonization, a concept used in many contexts, usually refers to the long-term dominance of a people and geographic territory by a more powerful group from outside. This dominance by one nation over others may take various forms—some more lenient than others—involving the imposition of a government, military force, economy, culture, education, religion, and technology. One of the characteristics of colonization is the creation by colonizers of a dependency—educational or economic, for example—among the dominated group. The process of decolonization may be only partial or may involve more than severance of political independence, as a former colony must undergo the long process of becoming free from dependency and suffer the impact of decades—or centuries—of economic, military, cultural, and other forms of oppression.

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‚ÄčFrantz Omar Fanon was a Martinique born Afro-Caribbean psychiatrist, philosoper, revolutionary, and writer whose works are influential in the fields of post-colonial studies, critical theory, and Marxism. As an intellectual, Fanon was a political radical, Pan-Africanist, and Marxist humanist concerned with the psychopathology of colonization, and the human, social, and cultural consequences of decolonization.