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Decolonisation Pathways: Postcoloniality, Globalisation, and African Development

One of the perennial questions in all former colonies is that of how to break the chains in which they are still entangled in various ways long after official ‘independence’. Subsequent developments, such as globalisation, continue to make the situation even more complex. Marks of colonial chains are boldly imprinted in many Africans’ psyches and relayed in practice in ways quite often contradictory to the continent’s development demands. This book is an effort by Ugandan scholars at making sense of the intricate challenges of the African postcolonial situation. It tackles a wide range of areas, including: education, research, gender, migration, cultural identity, and environment. The overarching theme that binds together the different chapters is how to theoretically understand the dynamics behind Africa’s colonial history and postcolonial performance/identities in the wake of globalisation. The theoretical analysis is then used to draw out ideas on how Africa can move forward on a self-decolonisation path to meaningful development.

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