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Define and Rule: Native as Political Identity (W. E. B. Du Bois Lectures)

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Define and Rule focuses on the turn in late nineteenth-century colonial statecraft when Britain abandoned the attempt to eradicate difference between conqueror and conquered and introduced a new idea of governance, as the definition and management of difference. Mahmood Mamdani explores how lines were drawn between settler and native as distinct political identities, and between natives according to tribe. Out of that colonial experience issued a modern language of pluralism and difference.

A mid-nineteenth-century crisis of empire attracted the attention of British intellectuals and led to a reconception of the colonial mission, and to reforms in India, British Malaya, and the Dutch East Indies. The new politics, inspired by Sir Henry Maine, established that natives were bound by geography and custom, rather than history and law, and made this the basis of administrative practice.

Maine's theories were later translated into "native administration" in the African colonies. Mamdani takes the case of Sudan to demonstrate how colonial law established tribal identity as the basis for determining access to land and political power, and follows this law's legacy to contemporary Darfur. He considers the intellectual and political dimensions of African movements toward decolonization by focusing on two key figures: the Nigerian historian Yusuf Bala Usman, who argued for an alternative to colonial historiography, and Tanzania's first president, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, who realized that colonialism's political logic was legal and administrative, not military, and could be dismantled through nonviolent reforms.

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When Britain abandoned its attempt to eradicate difference between conqueror and conquered and introduced a new idea of governance as the definition and management of difference, lines of political identity were drawn between settler and native, and between natives according to tribe. Out of this colonial experience arose a language of pluralism.

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Mahmood Mamdani is Director of Makerere Institute of Social Research at Makerere University and Herbert Lehman Professor of Government at Columbia University

Columbia University

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ISBN:
9780674050525
Author:
Mamdani, Mahmood
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Immigration
Subject:
HISTORY / Modern / General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series:
The W. E. B. Du Bois Lectures
Series Volume:
14
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
168
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Immigration
History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » Social and Economic History
History and Social Science » Politics » Colonialism and Post-Colonialism
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » Political Science
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present

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