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Moving the centre : the struggle for cultural freedoms

Author: Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo
Publisher: London : J. Currey ; Portsmouth, N.H. : Heinemann, 1993.
Series: Studies in African literature.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Ngugi argues that 'Culture is the product of a people's history. But it also reflects that history, and embodies a whole set of values by which a people view themselves and their place in time and space.'" "Developments in the last four hundred years have led to a situation where world cultures have been dominated by a handful of western nations. The West came to see itself as the centre of the universe. Cultural  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo, 1938-
Moving the centre.
London : J. Currey ; Portsmouth, N.H. : Heinemann, 1993
(OCoLC)988345486
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo
ISBN: 085255530X 9780852555309 0435080792 9780435080792
OCLC Number: 26542364
Notes: A collection of talks and essays, created between 1980 and 1992, and translated from Kikuyu by the author.
Includes index.
Description: xviii, 184 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Moving the centre: towards a pluralism of cultures --
Creating space for a hundred flowers to bloom: the wealth of a common global culture --
The universality of local knowledge --
Imperialism of language: English, a language for the world? --
Cultural dialogue for a new world --
The cultural factor in the neo-colonial era --
The writer in a neo-colonial state --
Resistance to damnation: the role of intellectual workers --
The role of the scholar in the development of African liteatures --
Post-colonial politics and culture --
In Moi's Kenya, history is subversive --
From the corridors of silence: the exile writes back --
Imperialism and revolution: movements for social change --
The ideology of racism: war on peace within and among nations --
Racism in literature --
Her cook, her dog: Karen Blixen's Africa --
Biggles, Mau Mau and I --
Black power in Britain --
Many years walk to freedom: welcome home Mandela! --
Life, literature and a longing for home --
Matigari, and the dreams of one East Africa.
Series Title: Studies in African literature.
Responsibility: Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo.

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Ngugi advocates a cultural shift to redress the last 400 years of domination by a handful of western nations.  Read more...

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