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The Sacrificed GenerationYouth, History, and the Colonized Mind in Madagascar$
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Lesley Sharp

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520229501

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520229501.001.0001

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Youth and the Colonized Mind

Youth and the Colonized Mind

(p.29) Chapter 1 Youth and the Colonized Mind
The Sacrificed Generation

Lesley A. Sharp

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the political consciousness of youth. It analyzes the relevant ideological concepts of nation, sacrifice, and homeland, and notes that the colonial encounter is deeply troubled and affects the psyches of colonizer and colonized alike. It shows that in Madagascar, this complicated relationship can be seen in a review of pedagogical history and the students' critiques of the “colonized mind.” Finally, this chapter examines the students' candid discussions of homeland, where their use of the term “ancestral land” stresses the struggles they face in shaping their own vision of the nation.

Keywords:   political consciousness, ideological concepts, colonial encounter, pedagogical history, colonized mind, homeland, ancestral land

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