Youth, Nationalism, and the Guinean Revolution

Youth, Nationalism, and the Guinean Revolution

by James D. Straker, James D Straker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253220599

ISBN-13: 9780253220592

Pub. Date: 02/04/2009

Publisher: Indiana University Press

In 1958, Guinea declared independence from France and propelled Ahmed Sékou Touré to power. Early revolutionary fervor was not to last, and until his death in 1984, Sékou Touré ruled with an iron fist. What would it have been like to participate in Guinea's changing political fortunes? Jay Straker invites readers to reconsider the

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In 1958, Guinea declared independence from France and propelled Ahmed Sékou Touré to power. Early revolutionary fervor was not to last, and until his death in 1984, Sékou Touré ruled with an iron fist. What would it have been like to participate in Guinea's changing political fortunes? Jay Straker invites readers to reconsider the sources, stakes, and ramifications of Guinea's nation-building experience. By engaging official political tracts, state and popular newspapers, education journals, novels, poems, plays, photographs, and personal histories, Straker offers an alternative view of the uneven effects of the state's attempts to reshape popular attitudes, social practice, and youth consciousness. Showing how visions of ideal youth played into the workings of revolutionary power, Straker creates a captivating and intense history that uncovers the ambitions that drove militant socialist-revolutionary politics in Guinea.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253220592
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
02/04/2009
Series:
African Systems of Thought Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
1. Introduction: Whose Re-imagined Community?
Part 1. Imagining and Instituting a New Youth
2. Envisioning Youth across the Border of Independence
3. Ideologies of Schooling, Teachers' Authority, and Cultural Revolution
4. The Rise of Militant Theater
Part 2. Ventures and Misadventures in the Revolutionary Forest
5. Construing and Constructing the Nation's Margins: Troubles with the Forest and Forestiers
6. Forestier Itineraries across Revolutionary Pedagogical Domains
7. Forestier Stories of Militant Theater: Discovering the Motives and Moralities of a Revolutionary State
8. Conclusion: Nationalism and Memory after the Revolution
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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