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Mahmood Mamdani

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Indirect Rule, Civil Society, and Ethnicity: The African Dilemma

This article seeks to present an interpretation of post-independence African politics. The author’s central argument is that Saharan African countries face a threefold challenge in the post-independence period: decolonizing the state, deracializing civil society, and restructuring unequal external relations of dependency. Of these, the critical task was that of decolonization. That objective was achieved with the least success. This fact goes a long way toward explaining why progress in deracializing civil society and restructuring international relations was not only incomplete, but also reversible.

Africa — politics, civil society, ethnic identity, colonialism and colonization, state, role of the

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 23, Nos. 1-2 (1996): 145-150

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