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Title:Subaltern agency and nationalist commitment: the dialectic of social and national emancipation in colonial Eritrea
Author:Makki, FouadISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:Africa Today (ISSN 1527-1978)
Volume:58
Issue:1
Pages:29-52
Language:English
Geographic term:Eritrea
Subjects:nationalism
anticolonialism
social structure
Link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/africa_today/v058/58.1.makki.pdf
Abstract:Some sixty-five years ago, in the immediate post-World War II period, Eritrea was one of the first colonies in Africa to grapple with the issue of decolonization. A self-conscious national movement first emerged in the towns from among the middle strata of teachers, clerks, translators, artisans, and merchants, who were situated in an ambivalent relationship to the colonial State. Its articulation coincided with the development of a subaltern movement of plebeian agropastoralists who had risen against their tributary overlords, and the contingent connection between them created propitious conditions for the elaboration of an anticolonial movement with deep social roots and popular vitality. This study examines the mutually constitutive dialectic between social mobilization and nationalist commitment, and the reconstitution of collective subjectivities made possible by their conjunctural intersection. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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