Colonialism and the Two Publics in Africa: A Theoretical Statement

  title={Colonialism and the Two Publics in Africa: A Theoretical Statement},
  author={P. Ekeh},
  journal={Comparative Studies in Society and History},
  • P. Ekeh
  • Published 1975
  • Sociology
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History
This paper argues that the experiences of colonialism in Africa have led to the emergence of a unique historical configuration in modern postcolonial Africa: the existence of two publics instead of one public, as in the West. Many of Africa's political problems are due to the dialectical relationships between the two publics. I shall characterize these two publics and attempt to explain some of Africa's political features within the matrix of these publics. In order to give some empirical… Expand
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