Education As Politics: Colonial Schooling And Political Debate In Senegal, 1850s?1914

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byKelly M. Duke Bryant

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In 1914, Blaise Diagne was elected as Senegal’s first black African representative to the National Assembly in France. Education as Politics reinterprets the origins and significance of this momentous election, showing how colonial schools had helped reshape African power and politics during the preceding decades and how they prepared the way for Diagne’s victory.
            Kelly M. Duke Bryant demonstrates the critical impact of colonial schooling on Senegalese politics by examining the response to it by Africans from a variety of backgrounds and statuses—including rural chiefs, Islamic teachers, and educated young urbanites. For those Africans who chose to engage with them, the French schools in Senegal provided a new source of patronage, a potentially beneficial connection to the bureaucratizing colonial state, a basis for claims to authority or power, or an arena in which to debate pressing issues like the future of Qur’anic schooling and the increasing racism of urban society under colonial rule.
            Based on evidence from archives in Senegal and France, and on interviews Duke Bryant conducted in Senegal, she demonstrates that colonial schooling remade African politics during this period of transition to French rule, creating political spaces that were at once African and colonial, and ultimately allowing Diagne to claim election victory.

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In 1914, Blaise Diagne was elected as Senegal’s first black African representative to the National Assembly in France. Education as Politics reinterprets the origins and significance of this momentous election, showing how colonial schools had helped reshape African power and politics during the preceding decades and how they prepared ...

Kelly M. Duke Bryant is an associate professor of history at Rowan University. She has published articles in the Journal of African History, French Colonial History, and the International Journal of African Historical Studies.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:254 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:May 19, 2015Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299303047

ISBN - 13:9780299303044

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations                
Acknowledgments                 
 
Introduction               
 
Part I
1 Education and Authority: Avoidance of Colonial Schooling in Senegal                 
2 Claiming the Qur'anic School: Regulation and the Limits of Colonialism, 1857–1913                   
3 The Politics of Protection: French Schools and the Emergence of Colonial Chieftaincy               
 
Part II
4 French "Fathers" and Family Trees: Family, Patronage, and the School for Sons of Chiefs and Interpreters                   
5 Access or Exclusion: The Politics of Race in the Schools of the Four Communes, 1900–1910                
6 The Young Senegalese: Colonial Schooling and Youth Politics in the Election of 1914                 
 
Conclusion                 
 
Notes             
Bibliography              
Index

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“Engaging. . . . Duke Bryant pulls African voices from the archives and complements them with interviews with descendants, to examine what students, families, teachers, and notables thought of French schooling and how they used it. . . . A most welcome addition to the scholarly literature on Senegal, French West Africa, colonial Africa, as well as education within and outside of the French Empire.”—International Journal of African Historical Studies