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Title:How Europe ruled Africa: Matabeleland region of Zimbabwe
Author:Ndlovu-Gatsheni, Sabelo J.ISNI
Periodical:International Journal of Humanistic Studies
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Ndebele (Zimbabwe)
Abstract:This article deploys conceptual tools from postcolonial theory to delve deeper into the dialectics and ontology of colonial governance in Zimbabwe. Simultaneously, it historicizes the phenomenon of colonial governance on the basis of the ways in which white Rhodesians inscribed themselves in Matabeleland in the early 20th century. It systematically interrogates the development of Ndebele political consciousness under the alienating influence of settler colonialism. It argues that, from its inception, the instability and ambiguity of colonial governance had the potential to create its antithesis. African opposition to colonialism was a counterhegemonic force that eventually overthrew colonialism. However, colonialism had inscribed itself in such a way that it lingered in the minds of the colonized, making it impossible for them to revert back to precolonial times. The colonial political and social engineering process included the re-invention of African tradition, which led to a serious identity crisis for the formerly colonized Africans. Thus, even though Africans were able to rise up from a defeated people to active political agents, they failed to break from colonial discourse. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]