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

Author/Creator:
Taoua, Phyllis, author.
Publication:
Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Format/Description:
Book
xi, 321 pages ; 23 cm
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Subjects:
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.
African literature.
Human rights.
Motion pictures, African.
Self-realization.
Social conditions.
Africa.
Form/Genre:
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Summary:
The ideal of meaningful freedom in Africa today evolved from a complex history. Although the concept of 'freedom' emerged as an ideal during the process of decolonization, Phyllis Taoua argues that national liberation did not deliver meaningful freedom to the majority of people on the African continent. With a pan-African, interdisciplinary approach, the significant issues in the struggle to achieve meaningful freedom are synthesized into a clear narrative as the evolution of this conversation is traced among writers, filmmakers and activists since the 1960s. Types of freedom are defined and shown to be mutually interdependent, while Taoua also investigates a range of key areas, such as gender identity, the nation, global capital, and the spiritual and religious realm. Allowing us to hear from the African people themselves, this compelling study makes sense of the ongoing struggle for meaningful freedom and the importance of such a concept in contemporary African culture.
Contents:
The self: unfettering identity after independence
Gender: women's engagement with freedom
The nation: from liberation to meaningful freedom
Global Africa: pillaging with less impunity in the era of neoliberal capital
The spiritual realm: Okonkwo's unraveling and other responses.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9781108427418
1108427413
9781108446167
1108446167
OCLC:
1019964050