A Dying Colonialism by Frantz Fanon

By Frantz Fanon

An incisive and illuminating account of ways, in the course of the Algerian Revolution, the folk of Algeria replaced centuries-old cultural styles and embraced convinced historical cultural practices lengthy derided by way of their colonialist oppressors as primitive, with the intention to damage those self same oppressors. Fanon makes use of the 5th yr of the Algerian Revolution as some degree of departure for an explication of the inevitable dynamics of colonial oppression.

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That is q u i te true. But it is not the whole truth. Big Brother's Algeria is dead too. There is a new Algeria, an Algerian nation, an Alge­ rian government. These obvious facts will sooner or later have to be recognized. We shall see in these pages what transformations the con­ sciousness of the Algerian has undergone. We shall see the fis­ sures that, as they have grown , have been the harbingers of Algeria's new European society. What we are really witnessing is the slow but sure agony of the settler mentality.

The woman see ill her . white veil u nifies the perception that one has of Algenan femI­ � nine society. s The hai'k4 very clearly demarcates � hides behind a veil . 1 veiled. Nor do we take into account the Kabyle woman who, except I n the large cities, never uses a veil . F�r the tourist who rarely ven tur�s into the mountains, the Arab woman IS first of all one who wears a veJ\. This originality of the Kabyle woman co�sututes, among 0 t ers, one of . the themes of colon ialist propaganda bnngmg out the op pOSitIOn betw � en Arabs and Berbers.

The Algerian men, for their part, are a target of criticism for Around the family life of the Algerian, the occupier piled up a their European comrades, or more officially for their bosses. whole mass of j u dgments, There is not a European worker who does not sooner or l ater, appraisals, reasons, accumulated anecdotes and edifying examples, thus attempting to confine the in the give and take of relations on the job site, the shop or the Algerian within a circle of gui l t. office, ask the Algerian the ritual questions: "Does your wife Mu tual aid societies and soc ieties to promote solidarity with Algerian women sprang up in great number.

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