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on July 11, 2000
Albert Memmi wrote many yeras ago this study of the relationship and dynamics between the colonizer and the colonized, but the lessons he imparts unto the reader are of great value to this day. Be it in racist, sexist or politically oppresive conditions, Memmi manages to pinpoint the psychological and social impact upon the individual. Trully a valuable piece of literature.
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on April 17, 2001
Memmi captures the contradictions and destructive forces of colonialism from an individual perspective, but more importantly he provides us with a work that transends his subject matter and allows for greater understanding of the manner in which structural and institutional forces of other forms of oppression and inequality affect us today. A classic statement pertaining to the human condition and the potential for liberation.
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on November 13, 2007
Where Hegel discussed the psycho-social relations between the 'master' and the 'slave,' Memmi turns toward the relations between Colonizer and Colonized. Like Aime Cesaire, Malcolm X, Franz Fanon, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and so many others of the mid 20th century anti-colonial movements, Memmi is interested in exposing the crippling psychological effects of the colonial relationship for all involved. His standpoint as a Jew in the middle of French North Africa allows him an inside/outside perspective which helps him to interpret the worlds of both colonizer and colonized. An exceptional work of anti-colonial theory, this book can open even stubbornly shut eyes.
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on December 6, 2005
Memmi's text, written in the midst of the colonial war in Algeria,is a powerfully useful text for examining later colonial insurrections (unlike the previous reader's claim), including the present Israel-Palestine conflict in which a clear line divides the homeland and the colony. Just as the war in Algeria drained France's economy, divided its society, and destroyed its moral fabric (and merely delayed the inevitable!) so too have the last two rounds of Intifadas (large numbers of both Israelis and Palestinians live in poverty for the sake of elite and unnecessary settlements). Memmi's words still resonate.
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on June 24, 2015
A must-read for everyone who wants to understand how power works, between cultures, social levels, and people in general. The colonization situation can be translated into almost every other human interaction where there is an unequal power.
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on March 20, 2015
Why is this book ignored? It's a classic. It deals with the psychology of colonialism from the perspective of the colonizer and the colonized. This book is unforgettable and I love that the introduction was written by Jean-Paul Sartre who I remember for also writing the introduction of Frantz Fanon's Wretched of the Earth, among others. He wrote his own book on colonialism called Colonialism and Neocolonialism, which is also very good. For those who are interested, these are all highly recommended. There's also Prospero and Caliban: The Psychology of Colonization by Octave Mannoni, which is highly recommended.
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on May 3, 2016
The only reason I had this book was for school. We didn't really use it as much but I still read it when I needed to. It's not bad but I can't see myself picking this book unless it's for academic reasons.
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on October 17, 2009
Classic book, polemic at the time of publication, about who the colonizer is, vis-à-vis the colonized, in a symbiotic relation to one another. Great for a further understanding of the psychological and sociological consequences of colonization.
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on March 13, 2013
Coming from Africa, this book written by a french Jew brings to light the issue of racism, colonialism and domination of the oppressed people of the Third World. It provides a philosophical perspective on the situation of the colonizer and of the colonized.
Very good book.
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on November 28, 2015
Clearly an important text, very informational reference, but not to be read just for enjoyment.
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