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African freedom : how Africa responded to independence / Phyllis Taoua.

By: Taoua, Phyllis.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c.2018Description: xi, 321 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781108446167.Subject(s): Human rights -- Africa | Human rights in literature | Human rights in motion pictures | African literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism | Motion pictures, African -- History and criticism | Self-realization -- Africa | Liberty | Africa -- Social conditions -- 20th century | Africa -- Social conditions -- 21st century | Business, Political Scienc March2019DDC classification: 323.096 Summary: The push for independence in African nations was ultimately an incomplete process, with the people often left to wrestle with a partial, imperfect legacy. Rather than settle for liberation in name alone, the people engaged in an ongoing struggle for meaningful freedom. Phyllis Taoua shows how the idea of freedom in Africa today evolved from this complex history. With a pan-African, interdisciplinary approach, she synthesizes the most significant issues into a clear, compelling narrative. Tracing the evolution of a conversation about freedom since the 1960s, she defines three types and shows how they are interdependent. Taoua investigates their importance in key areas of narrative interest: the intimate self, gender identity, the nation, global capital, and the spiritual realm. Allowing us to hear the voices of African artists and activists, this compelling study makes sense of their struggle and the broad importance of the idea of freedom in contemporary African culture.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

The push for independence in African nations was ultimately an incomplete process, with the people often left to wrestle with a partial, imperfect legacy. Rather than settle for liberation in name alone, the people engaged in an ongoing struggle for meaningful freedom. Phyllis Taoua shows how the idea of freedom in Africa today evolved from this complex history. With a pan-African, interdisciplinary approach, she synthesizes the most significant issues into a clear, compelling narrative. Tracing the evolution of a conversation about freedom since the 1960s, she defines three types and shows how they are interdependent. Taoua investigates their importance in key areas of narrative interest: the intimate self, gender identity, the nation, global capital, and the spiritual realm. Allowing us to hear the voices of African artists and activists, this compelling study makes sense of their struggle and the broad importance of the idea of freedom in contemporary African culture.

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