How Colonialism Preempted Modernity in Africa

How Colonialism Preempted Modernity in Africa

by Olufemi Taiwo

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How Colonialism Preempted Modernity in Africa by Olufemi Taiwo

Why hasn't Africa been able to respond to the challenges of modernity and globalization? Going against the conventional wisdom that colonialism brought modernity to Africa, Olúfémi Táíwò claims that Africa was already becoming modern and that colonialism was an unfinished project. Africans aspired to liberal democracy and the rule of law, but colonial officials aborted those efforts when they established indirect rule in the service of the European powers. Táíwò looks closely at modern institutions, such as church missionary societies, to recognize African agency and the impulse toward progress. He insists that Africa can get back on track and advocates a renewed engagement with modernity. Immigration, capitalism, democracy, and globalization, if done right this time, can be tools that shape a positive future for Africa.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253221308
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 11/24/2009
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,277,725
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Olúfémi Táíwò is Professor of Philosophy and Global African Studies and Director of the Global African Studies Program at Seattle University. He is author of Legal Naturalism: A Marxist Theory of Law.

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