The Dialectics of Decolonization

Frederick Cooper

in Tensions of Empire

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 1997 | ISBN: 9780520205406
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520918085 | DOI:
The Dialectics of Decolonization

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This chapter examines labor movements in postwar French Africa and analyzes the dialectics of decolonization. It describes the transition of the French West African labor movement from a class-centered, internationalist organization from about 1945 to 1955 to a nationalist organization that insisted that workers subordinate their own concerns to the emerging national struggle. The chapter also provides a dynamic analysis of the relationship between the political strategies and discourses of a colonial regime and social and political movements with African colonies.

Keywords: labor movements; French Africa; decolonization; national struggle; political strategies; colonial regime; political movements; African colonies

Chapter.  14674 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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