Youth and the Colonized Mind

Lesley A. Sharp

in The Sacrificed Generation

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2002 | ISBN: 9780520229501
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935884 | DOI:
Youth and the Colonized Mind

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This chapter discusses the political consciousness of youth. It analyzes the relevant ideological concepts of nation, sacrifice, and homeland, and notes that the colonial encounter is deeply troubled and affects the psyches of colonizer and colonized alike. It shows that in Madagascar, this complicated relationship can be seen in a review of pedagogical history and the students' critiques of the “colonized mind.” Finally, this chapter examines the students' candid discussions of homeland, where their use of the term “ancestral land” stresses the struggles they face in shaping their own vision of the nation.

Keywords: political consciousness; ideological concepts; colonial encounter; pedagogical history; colonized mind; homeland; ancestral land

Chapter.  20708 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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