Savage Constructions : The Myth of African Savagery
Savage Constructions challenges the popular Western assumption that violence is an essential quality of darker-skinned populations, arguing that Western imperialist projects are largely responsible for the current violences that "rebound" in victim societies of the post-colonial world. "Rebounding violence" expresses victim abjection and overly aggressive "identity work" in survivors of repressive regimes after long-term exposure to denigrating myths that cast the victims as morally wanting and deserving of the abuse they suffered.
- Hardback | 274 pages
- 157.48 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 521.63g
- 30 Apr 2008
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
A groundbreaking, thoroughly engaging study that plumbs the breath and depth of Western enthnocentricism. Hamblet's telling account of rebounding violence reveals the terrible legacy afflicting emerging African nations. -- Ron Hirschbein, Past President, Concerned Philosophers for Peace Hamblet offers an important addition to any library that wishes to remain on the cutting edge of postcolonial studies. Her book is an important reexamination of Western prejudicial myths involving the cultures and beliefs of precolonial Africa...It should appeal to all students interested in understanding the difference between precolonial and postcolonial knowledge and truth issues. Faculty and students involved in multicultural studies should also find it helpful. Highly recommended. CHOICE, November 2008 "Without a doubt this is a significant contribution to the field. It is a thorough and thoughtful analysis of the current state of Africa from the perspective of the influence of the colonial period. For those who agree with the main premise it will provide many additional arrows to their quiver, for those in a different camp it sets a high standard for their rebuttal." -- Jay D. Glass, author of The Animal Within Us, Soldiers of God, and The Power of Faith: Mother Nature's Gift
About Wendy C. Hamblet
Wendy Hamblet is an assistant professor in the Department of University Studies / Liberal Studies at North Carolina A&T State University.
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 One: The Savagery of "Civilizing" Forces Chapter 3 Two: Orienting Notions Chapter 4 Three: The Truth of Myth, The Myth of Truth Chapter 5 Four: Rebounding Violence in Social Rituals Chapter 6 Five: Precolonial Africa Chapter 7 Six: Colonialist Constructions of Africans Chapter 8 Seven: Anthropological Constructions of Africans Chapter 9 Eight: Religious and Medical Constructions of Africans Chapter 10 Nine: Western Philosophy's Human Hierarchy Chapter 11 Ten: African Self-Identity After Colonialist Myth Chapter 12 Eleven: Conflict of African and Colonial Identifications Chapter 13 Twelve: Savage Is as Savage Does Chapter 14 Thirteen: Rebounding Violences Chapter 15 Fourteen: African Philosophical Therapy Chapter 16 Fifteen: Concluding the Savagery