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Tensions of EmpireColonial Cultures in a Bourgeois World$
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Frederick Cooper and Ann Laura Stoler

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780520205406

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520205406.001.0001

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The Dialectics of Decolonization

The Dialectics of Decolonization

Nationalism and Labor Movements in Postwar French Africa

(p.406) 12 The Dialectics of Decolonization
Tensions of Empire

Frederick Cooper

University of California Press

This chapter examines labor movements in postwar French Africa and analyzes the dialectics of decolonization. It describes the transition of the French West African labor movement from a class-centered, internationalist organization from about 1945 to 1955 to a nationalist organization that insisted that workers subordinate their own concerns to the emerging national struggle. The chapter also provides a dynamic analysis of the relationship between the political strategies and discourses of a colonial regime and social and political movements with African colonies.

Keywords:   labor movements, French Africa, decolonization, national struggle, political strategies, colonial regime, political movements, African colonies

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