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Moving the Centre: The Struggle for Cultural Freedoms

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In this collection Ngugi is concerned with moving the centre in two senses - between nations and within nations - in order to contribute to the freeing of world cultures from the restrictive walls of nationalism, class, race and gender

Between nations the need is to move the centre from its assumed location in the West to a multiplicity of spheres in all the cultures of the
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Paperback, 184 pages
Published November 20th 2008 by James Currey (first published 1993)
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Esther Meneses
Leído para la iniciativa #BlackHistoryJuly.

Esta obra es un conjunto de conferencias dadas por el autor a lo largo de los años 80 y 90. El título del libro es muy acertado porque se puede decir que en cada texto la idea que subyace es desplazar el centro, es decir, alejarse de la historia colonial de África, contada desde la perspectiva blanca e imperialista, y empezar a conocer el continente a través de su historia, sus tradiciones, su ficción y, sobre todo, sus lenguas. Porque las principales l
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Dorothy Himberc
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A time capsule of East African politics in the 1980s and 90s, expressed through various essays by the Kenyan writer when he had been forced into exile under President Daniel arap Moi.

To the reader nowadays, the genocide of Rwanda looms over his essays (the book was published a year before the genocide, in 1993) and casts a shadow on its optimistic moments. On the other hand, we also know brighter news: that apartheid will soon be over in South Africa.
Drew Edwards
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A sophisticated and thoughtful analysis of an often forgotten arm of power in imperialism- culture. Moving the Centre is a collection of essays that blends scholarship with an inspiring personal narrative that you can read again and again and pick up at any point you wish.
Graham
Jun 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I read this book at University. It is a work of deep thought concerning culture and how we relate to it. Although thought provoking I don't agree entirely with the sentiment it contains. ...more
Mbugua
its a very serious book which talks of the iportance of culture in our society.
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Kenyan teacher, novelist, essayist, and playwright, whose works function as an important link between the pioneers of African writing and the younger generation of postcolonial writers. After imprisonment in 1978, Ngũgĩ abandoned using English as the primary language of his work in favor of Gikuyu, his native tongue. The transition from colonialism to postcoloniality and the crisis of modernity ha ...more

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