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Coloniality of Power in Postcolonial Africa
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This lively book interrogates the African postcolonial condition with a focus on the thematics of liberation predicament and the long standing crisis of dependence (epistemological, cultural, economic, and political) created by colonialism and coloniality. A sophisticated deployment of historical, philosophical, and political knowledge in combination with the equi-primordial concepts of coloniality of power, coloniality of being, and coloniality of knowledge yields a comprehensive and truly refreshing understanding of African realities of subalternity. How global imperial designs and coloniality of power shaped the architecture of African social formations and disciplined the social forces towards a convoluted ëpostcolonial neocolonizedí paralysis dominated by myths of decolonization and illusions of freedom emerges poignantly in this important book. What distinguishes this book is its decolonial entry that enables a critical examination of the grammar of decolonization that is often wrongly conflated with that of emancipation; bold engagement with the intractable question of what and who is an African; systematic explication of the role of coloniality in sustaining Euro-American hegemony; and unmasking of how the ëpostcolonialí is interlocked with the ëneocolonialí paradoxically. It is within this context that the postcolonial African state emerges as a leviathan, and the ëpostcolonialí reality becomes a terrain of contradictions mediated by the logic of violence. No doubt, Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheniís handling of complex concepts and difficult questions of the day is remarkable, particularly the decoding and mixing of complex theoretical interventions from Africa and Latin America to enlighten the present, without losing historical perspicacity. To buttress the theoretical arguments, detailed empirical case studies of South Africa, Zimbabwe, DRC and Namibia completes this timely contribution to African Studies.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 6-7
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-xvi
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  1. Part I. Colonial Matrix of Power
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. Introduction: A Neocolonized Africa
  2. pp. 3-36
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  1. 2. In the Snare of Colonial Matrix of Power
  2. pp. 37-64
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  1. 3. Myths of Decolonization and Illusions of Freedom
  2. pp. 65-96
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  1. Part II. Discursive Constructions
  2. pp. 97-98
  1. 4. Discursive Construction ofthe African People
  2. pp. 99-124
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  1. 5. Coloniality of Being and the Phenomenon of Violence
  2. pp. 125-144
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  1. Part III. Case Studies
  2. pp. 145-146
  1. 6. The Idea of South Africa and Pan-South African Nationalism
  2. pp. 147-178
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  1. 7. Zimbabwe and the Crisis of Chimurenga Nationalism
  2. pp. 179-236
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 237-238
  1. 8. The Murky Present and the MysteriousFuture
  2. pp. 239-264
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 265-293
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