The Culture of Colonialism by T.O. Beidelman

The Culture of Colonialism

T.O. Beidelman
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Details colonial authority and progress in rural Africa

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What did it mean to be an African subject living in remote areas of Tanganyika at the end of the colonial era? For the Kaguru of Tanganyika, it meant daily confrontation with the black and white governmental officials tasked with bringing this rural people into the mainstream of colonial African life. T. O. Beidelman's detailed narrative links this administrative world to the Kaguru's wider social, cultural, and geographical milieu, and to the political history, ideas of indirect rule, and the white institutions that loomed just beyond their world. Beidelman unveils the colonial system's problems as it extended its authority into rural areas and shows how these problems persisted even after African independence.

“Personal and engaged while trying to make sense of a contradictory and exclusionary world.” Ivan Karp, Emory University

Author Biography

Beidelman is a professor of anthropology at New York University.

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