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Title:Local critiques of global development: patriotism in late colonial Buganda
Author:Summers, CarolISNI
Periodical:International Journal of African Historical Studies (ISSN 0361-7882)
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:Buganda polity
local politics
economic development
colonial administrators
About person:Sir Andrew Benjamin Cohen (1909-1968)ISNI
Abstract:Arriving in 1952 to be governor of Uganda, Sir Andrew Cohen pushed for local political development through a new system of election that would integrate the kingdom of Buganda into the Protectorate of Uganda, providing a Legislative Council that would lead the Protectorate forward. With civil service reforms he wanted to develop the country economically providing scientific help to farmers and a modern system of land surveying, public health and more. However, not all people shared his ideas. The clash of ideas of how to develop the country led Cohen to deport Buganda's king in 1953 which triggered a political crisis. Late colonial Buganda shows how indigenous actors critiqued modern views of development from an understanding that centralization, professionalization and progressivism behind modern development policies attacked local actors' ability to control and shape their own economic and political futures. The author states that Ganda critics of development policy can be seen as patriots who understood that for local men and women to be politically effective, power had to remain connected to the land. The author exemplifies this by using the issue of 'Closer Union' in Ugandan politics to understand Ugandan activists' orientation towards a broader world of political and economic developmentalism; not only looking at their rejection of such models of change, but why and how they articulated and acted on that rejection. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]