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date: 14 April 2021


A Dictionary of African Politics

Nic Cheeseman,

Eloïse Bertrand,

Sa’eed Husaini

Relating to the period of time after the end of *colonial rule and an approach to challenging the norms, values, and assumptions established by imperial powers, as in postcolonial theory. Where norms, values, and assumptions are concerned, the term ‘postcolonial’ refers to the ability to go beyond, critique, and break down colonial categories and intellectual frameworks. Where time is concerned, the start of the postcolonial era in a given country varies according to when it achieved independence, but in general terms the postcolonial period in Africa is typically said to begin in the late 1950s, marked by the emergence of the ... ...

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