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The Sacrificed Generation: Youth, History, and the Colonized Mind in Madagascar

Lesley Sharp


Youth and identity politics figure prominently in this study of personal and collective memory in Madagascar. A deeply nuanced ethnography of historical consciousness, it challenges many cross-cultural investigations of youth, for its key actors are not adults but schoolchildren. This book refutes dominant assumptions that African children are the helpless victims of postcolonial crises, incapable of organized, sustained collective thought or action. It insists instead on the political agency of Malagasy youth who, as they decipher their current predicament, offer potent, historicized critique ... More

Keywords: identity politics, Madagascar, historical consciousness, schoolchildren, postcolonial crises, colonial violence, national resistance, foreign mass media, autobiography, natural history

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Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780520229501
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520229501.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lesley Sharp, author

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