Ordinary Resistance: Non-Violent Anti-Colonialism in Africa

Leena Gadallah

Abstract


Memorable authors like Frantz Fanon believed that nonviolence was a negligible variable for the decolonization process, but colonial history has shown that this mindset is unsound, or at least, presents a form of hasty generalization. This research shows that decolonization, in an attempt to lead to the attainment of independence, should not only be observed from those who fought using violent force but should be studied from the nonviolent perspective. Nonviolence has demonstrated its appeal to a greater audience through student campaigns, the expression of art, and labor unions. These methods have shown to be successful, not just due to their outcome on the corrupt regime, but their impact on the colonized subject. For example, music was a way to express freedom, despite the obvious incarceration that reigned, but it also had a soothing effect on them. The attainment of freedom took place by searching for one’s self through the hardship that prevailed and realizing that expression and contribution were not limited by age, profession, skills, or gender. This paper strives to look past what the weapon carrying soldiers can do, and find what the seemingly helpless women, children, and elderly people can accomplish through their own customary everyday lives

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Colonialism, Resistance

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