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Article: On Sartre's critique of assimilation

TitleOn Sartre's critique of assimilation
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Issue Date2006
PublisherInstitute of Germanic and Romance Studies University of Lond.
Citation
Journal of Romance Studies, 2006, v. 6 n. 1&2, 49-60 How to Cite?
AbstractThis article proposes a critical reading of Sartre's critique of the politics of assimilation as found in several of his anti-colonialist texts. In the first instance, the essay shows that in his criticisms Sartre never questions some of the highly problematic ideological assumptions of the assimilation debate. In the second part, it is argued that Sartre's Manichaean view of the colonized and the colonizers prevents him from appreciating the complex negotiations undertaken by the colonized in their resistance to Western hegemony. This latter point is illustrated by the case of the Indochinese intellectuals whose highly intricate response to French colonial rule shows that the discourse of assimilation and the related concern over natives' alienation may reflect more the French's own self-image than the predicament of the colonized.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/90279
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dc.contributor.authorHa, MOYen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-06T10:08:08Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-06T10:08:08Z-
dc.date.issued2006en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Romance Studies, 2006, v. 6 n. 1&2, 49-60en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1752-2331-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/90279-
dc.description.abstractThis article proposes a critical reading of Sartre's critique of the politics of assimilation as found in several of his anti-colonialist texts. In the first instance, the essay shows that in his criticisms Sartre never questions some of the highly problematic ideological assumptions of the assimilation debate. In the second part, it is argued that Sartre's Manichaean view of the colonized and the colonizers prevents him from appreciating the complex negotiations undertaken by the colonized in their resistance to Western hegemony. This latter point is illustrated by the case of the Indochinese intellectuals whose highly intricate response to French colonial rule shows that the discourse of assimilation and the related concern over natives' alienation may reflect more the French's own self-image than the predicament of the colonized.-
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherInstitute of Germanic and Romance Studies University of Lond.en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Romance Studiesen_HK
dc.titleOn Sartre's critique of assimilationen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailHa, MOY: moyha@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.authorityHa, MOY=rp01192en_HK
dc.identifier.hkuros129962en_HK

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