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Race, culture and liberation: African anticolonial thought and practice in the time of decolonisation

Gruffydd Jones, Branwen ORCID: 2020. Race, culture and liberation: African anticolonial thought and practice in the time of decolonisation. International History Review 42 (6) , pp. 1238-1256. 10.1080/07075332.2019.1695138

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This article explores the contribution of Amílcar Cabral and his fellow militants to debates over culture, race and liberation which took place among Africans and beyond during the mid-twentieth century. By the late 1950s African struggles for independence had reached a point of urgency. Alongside complex negotiations over political settlement and many wars of liberation across the continent, equally complex conversations took place about race, culture and African-ness, and the form and futures of national liberation. In their thought and practice the leading figures of the liberation movements fighting against Portuguese colonial rule made a significant contribution to these debates. The key contribution of this article is to situate the thought of Cabral in the collaborative relations of the liberation movements and in broader debates. This reveals how understandings of culture and the consciousness of African-ness come to be articulated in very different ways, ultimately transcending the framing of race and arriving at a more radical understanding of culture. The thought of Cabral and his colleagues is situated within the continental and global context with reference to three key moments and sites of debate in Havana and Dakar in 1966 and Algiers in 1969.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0707-5332
Funders: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 4 February 2020
Date of Acceptance: 16 November 2019
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 05:03

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