African Freedom

How Africa Responded to Independence
Cambridge University Press
  • erscheint ca. am 30. Juni 2018
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 352 Seiten
978-1-108-44616-7 (ISBN)
The ideal of meaningful freedom in Africa today evolved from a complex history. Although the concept of 'freedom' emerged as an ideal during the process of decolonization, Phyllis Taoua argues that national liberation did not deliver meaningful freedom to the majority of people on the African continent. With a pan-African, interdisciplinary approach, the significant issues in the struggle to achieve meaningful freedom are synthesized into a clear narrative as the evolution of this conversation is traced among writers, filmmakers and activists since the 1960s. Types of freedom are defined and shown to be mutually interdependent, while Taoua also investigates a range of key areas, such as gender identity, the nation, global capital, and the spiritual and religious realm. Allowing us to hear from the African people themselves, this compelling study makes sense of the ongoing struggle for meaningful freedom and the importance of such a concept in contemporary African culture.
  • Englisch
  • Cambridge
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  • Großbritannien
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  • Für Beruf und Forschung
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9 b/w illus.
  • Höhe: 210 mm
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  • Breite: 150 mm
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  • Dicke: 22 mm
  • 381 gr
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Introduction. The meaning of freedom in Africa; 1. The self: unfettering identity after independence; 2. Gender: women's engagement with freedom; 3. The nation: from liberation to meaningful freedom; 4. Global Africa: pillaging with less impunity in the era of neoliberal capital; 5. The spiritual realm: Okonkwo's unraveling and other responses; Conclusion.
Advance praise: 'African Freedom: How Africa Responded to Independence is a refreshingly ambitious work of synthesis that revisits many canonical works of postcolonial African fiction and cinema to reframe them as creative explorations of the idea of freedom. It places these works in dialogue with the key political figures of anticolonial struggle and national liberation and argues that the creative voices on freedom both critique the limitations of the new political dispensation after independence and keep alive an aspirational yearning for 'meaningful' freedom that is more than just an ideal.' Eleni Coundouriotis, University of Connecticut Advance praise: 'This is highly accomplished. A very expansive and stimulating exploration of an enduring theme. A true labor of love.' Tejumola Olaniyan, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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