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Book cover of Against Decolonisation : Taking African Agency Seriously by Olufemi Taiwo

Against Decolonisation 'Taking African Agency Seriously'  - Olufemi Taiwo


Selected as one of '100 Notable African Books of 2022' in Brittle Paper 


A leading African political philosopher's searing intellectual and moral critique of today's decolonisation movement.


Decolonisation has lost its way. Originally a struggle to escape the West's direct political and economic control, it has become a catch-all idea, often for performing 'morality' or 'authenticity'; it suffocates African thought and denies African agency.


Olúfẹ´mi Táìwò fiercely rejects the indiscriminate application of 'decolonisation' to everything from literature, language and philosophy to sociology, psychology and medicine. He argues that the decolonisation industry, obsessed with cataloguing wrongs, is seriously harming scholarship on and in Africa. He finds 'decolonisation' of culture intellectually unsound and wholly unrealistic, conflating modernity with coloniality, and groundlessly advocating an open-ended undoing of global society's foundations. Worst of all, today's movement attacks its own cause: 'decolonisers' themselves are disregarding, infantilising and imposing values on contemporary African thinkers.


This powerful, much-needed intervention questions whether today's 'decolonisation' truly serves African empowerment. Táìwò's is a bold challenge to respect African intellectuals as innovative adaptors, appropriators and synthesisers of ideas they have always seen as universally relevant.

Against Decolonisation : Taking African Agency Seriously - Olufemi Taiwo

  • Paperback

    ISBN:    9781787386921
    Publisher:    C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
    Pub date:    30 Jun 2022
    Language:    English
    Number of pages:   270

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