Subjectivities and Institutions

Tejumola Olaniyan

in Scars of Conquest/Masks of Resistance

Published in print August 1995 | ISBN: 9780195094053
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199855278 | DOI:
Subjectivities and Institutions

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African dramatists' discourses have empowered post-Afrocentric thoughts and territories (quoted in this chapter as space), which generally offset the imperialist and discriminative ideas of European civilizations. Although there are attempts to realize cultural identity after the colonialism period, the next possible question is the actuality of the “space,” even without the contradicted supporting frameworks and conceptual foundations contributed by European institutions. In other words, given the oppressive acts toward “others,” Western culture has awoken other civilizations to their own “frame of reference,” from concepts and terms to practices and standards, especially in the field of education. This does not necessarily mean that “black” people or all non-European nations and cultures should be grateful; instead, this implies the recognition that the current ideas of history and tradition of a particular society cannot be totally assumed as “pure,” due to the unexpected and oftentimes, unacknowledged, influence of “others,” whether regarded as inferior or dominant.

Keywords: African dramatists; post-Afrocentric; reformations; European civilizations; oppression

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