preview

A Brief Note On Occupational Inequalities And The Colonial Administration

Good Essays
occupational inequalities” (ibid.:30).
The particular subservience towards the colonial administration can be considered an organized emulation and convenience of representative practices. There is little doubt that the British colonizers had originally planned to lead the colonized Africans towards “an image of that society as they wished to see it” (Comaroff 1989: 665). A shared framework of pride and loyalty to the Crown had to be genuine, as “Africans who sought to manipulate these symbols for themselves, without accepting the implications of subordination within a neo-tradition of governance, were usually accused by Europeans of triviality, of confusing form with reality and of imagining that it was possible to achieve power or
…show more content…
African colonial employees, local elites, and even some members of the general population were considered part of the aforementioned intermediaries. The intermediaries also had the opportunity to control the dissemination of information in their interactions with the colonial administrative officials. One particular example, although set in Siguiri of present-day Republic of Guinea, models the intermediaries’ control over the dissemination of information. The French colonial commander posted to Siguiri in 1899 once complained to his superiors that a wall of deceptions and lies were built around him by the local interpreter and the local chief (ibid.). He discovered that a series of actions had been carried out in his name without the commander’s knowledge. The commander’s interpreter and local chief had, among other actions, “used their positions to levy fines, imprison sheep and take women as wives without pay” (ibid.: 30). Of course, it was the prestige and authority that was associated with the commander’s name that enabled the African intermediaries to openly profit off of the colonial situation. Nevertheless, there are certainly subtler ways to benefit from the sociopolitical adaptions needed in response to the representations of Africa.
As a way to return to the topic of tradition, the religious adaptions made by both the colonized and the colonizers in order to legitimize hierarchies of privilege. In order to
Get Access