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Decolonization and the Decolonized

2006
Author:

Albert Memmi
Translated by Robert Bononno

Decolonization and the Decolonized

The long-awaited reevaluation of colonialism’s legacy—from the author of The Colonizer and the Colonized

In this time of global instability and widespread violence, Albert Memmi—author of the highly influential and groundbreaking work The Colonizer and the Colonized—turns his attention to the present-day situation of formerly colonized peoples. As outspoken and controversial as ever, Memmi initiates a much-needed discussion of the ex-colonized and refuses to idealize those who are too often painted as hapless victims.

Fascinating reading.

Political Theory

In this time of global instability and widespread violence, Albert Memmi—author of the highly influential and groundbreaking work The Colonizer and the Colonized—turns his attention to the present-day situation of formerly colonized peoples. In Decolonization and the Decolonized, Memmi expands his intellectual engagement with the subject and examines the manifold causes of the failure of decolonization efforts throughout the world.

As outspoken and controversial as ever, Memmi initiates a much-needed discussion of the ex-colonized and refuses to idealize those who are too often painted as hapless victims. He shows how, in light of a radically changed world, it would be problematic—and even irresponsible—to continue to deploy concepts that were useful and valid during the period of anticolonial struggle.

Decolonization and the Decolonized contributes to the most current debates on Islamophobia in France, the “new” anti-Semitism, and the unrelenting poverty gripping the African continent. Memmi, who is Jewish, was born and raised in Tunis, and focuses primarily on what he calls the Arab-Muslim condition, while also incorporating comparisons with South America, Asia, Black Africa, and the United States.

In Decolonization and the Decolonized, Memmi has written that rare book—a manifesto informed by intellect and animated by passion—that will propel public analysis of the most urgent global issues to a new level.

Decolonization and the Decolonized

Albert Memmi is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Paris, Nanterre, and the author of Racism.

Robert Bononno, a teacher and translator, lives in New York City.

Decolonization and the Decolonized

Fascinating reading.

Political Theory

Memmi offers very simple, easy to understand ‘portraits.’

Canadian Journal of Sociology Online

Memmi offers us a path with a lot of useful information.

Discourse and Society