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Title:Is 'Portuguese-speaking' Africa comparable to 'Latin' America? Voyaging in the midst of colonialities of power
Author:Cahen, MichelISNI
Year:2013
Periodical:History in Africa (ISSN 1558-2744)
Volume:40
Pages:5-44
Language:English
Geographic terms:Portuguese-speaking Africa
Latin America
Subjects:independence
decolonization
colonial history
elite
Creoles
Link:https://doi.org/10.1017/hia.2013.1
Abstract:Establishing a comparison between so-called 'Latin' America and 'Portuguese-speaking' Africa may well prove useful in highlighting certain major differences between those countries of America and Africa having undergone early colonization. But the main difference will not concern the hundred and fifty years between the independences of the early nineteenth and those of the late (1974-1975) twentieth century. It will lie in the very nature of the states created, on the one hand, by independences without decolonization - the colonial (Latin) states - and, on the other hand, by independence with decolonization - the decolonized (African) states: states, that is, which are differently embedded into colonialities of power. But such a comparison will also help to bring out certain common features stemming from the 'longue durée' of Iberian colonizations. One such feature, despite the distance involved, is the Creole issue: the persistence and political importance of social milieus stemming from the first age of colonization. Although those old colonial elites were pre-capitalist - in the sense of not accumulating via the capitalist mode of production - they were, however, fully integrated into the merchant capitalist world-system. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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