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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

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

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520205406.003.0013

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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