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Decolonization and the Decolonized

Translated by Robert Bononno
Copyright Date: 2006
Pages: 160
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    Decolonization and the Decolonized
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    In this time of global instability and widespread violence, Albert Memmi—author of the highly influential and groundbreaking work The Colonizer and the Colonized—turns his attention to the present-day situation of formerly colonized peoples. In Decolonization and the Decolonized, Memmi expands his intellectual engagement with the subject and examines the manifold causes of the failure of decolonization efforts throughout the world.As outspoken and controversial as ever, Memmi initiates a much-needed discussion of the ex-colonized and refuses to idealize those who are too often painted as hapless victims. He shows how, in light of a radically changed world, it would be problematic—and even irresponsible—to continue to deploy concepts that were useful and valid during the period of anticolonial struggle.Decolonization and the Decolonized contributes to the most current debates on Islamophobia in France, the “new” anti-Semitism, and the unrelenting poverty gripping the African continent. Memmi, who is Jewish, was born and raised in Tunis, and focuses primarily on what he calls the Arab-Muslim condition, while also incorporating comparisons with South America, Asia, Black Africa, and the United States. In Decolonization and the Decolonized, Memmi has written that rare book—a manifesto informed by intellect and animated by passion—that will propel public analysis of the most urgent global issues to a new level.Albert Memmi is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Paris, Nanterre, and the author of Racism (Minnesota, 1997).Robert Bononno, a teacher and translator, lives in New York City.

    eISBN: 978-1-4529-4376-3
    Subjects: Political Science

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. vii-viii)
  4. Introduction
    (pp. ix-xiv)

    Rarely have I had so little desire to write a book. For in writingDecolonization and the Decolonized,I feared that my arguments would go unheard or be distorted, or might compound the problems faced by still fragile societies in need of our support. Nevertheless, when all was said and done, I felt there was an urgent need that formerly colonized peoples have an opportunity to hear a voice other than that of their so-called allies. When, in the 1950s, I wroteThe Colonizer and the Colonized,I knew that some of my readers would refuse to follow me. Liberals,...

  5. The New Citizen
    (pp. 1-70)

    The end of colonization should have brought with it freedom and prosperity. The colonized would give birth to the citizen, master of his political, economic, and cultural destiny. After decades of imposed ignorance, his country, now free, would affirm its sovereignty. Opulent or indigent, it would reap the rewards of its labor, of its soil and subsoil. Once its native genius was given free rein, the use of its recovered language would allow native culture to flourish.

    Unfortunately, in most cases, the long anticipated period of freedom, won at the cost of terrible suffering, brought with it poverty and corruption,...

  6. The Immigrant
    (pp. 71-144)

    Although I have been developing the idea for some time, it is fortunate in a way that I did not undertake this portrait of the decolonized subject earlier. Two significant characteristics would have been missing: the growth of immigration and the considerable increase in violence. These are not neutral phenomena, they are significant of both the true condition of formerly colonized nations and their current relations with the rest of the world.

    Immigration is not specific to decolonization; it has existed in the majority of economically or politically backward countries for years. It is the product of poverty and fear,...

  7. Afterword
    (pp. 145-148)

    People, like events, are largely unpredictable. After writing this book, I was expecting a fairly emotional response from the community of the formerly colonized, especially Arab-Muslims. However, among my readers the ex-colonized and their descendants were apparently not scandalized, not even surprised by my project. On the contrary, it was as if they were expecting it. One of them, a television journalist, said to me, “There was a book to be written on this subject and you have written it.” That is why, with the exception of a radio broadcast known for the violence of its sentiments, the media’s reception...

  8. Back Matter
    (pp. 149-149)