Colonising ‘Free’ Will

A Critique of Political Decolonisation in Ghana

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  • 1 Whitman College, USA bforjwuor@gmail.com
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Abstract

While colonialism, in general, is a contested concept, as are the conditions that constitute its negation, political decolonisation seems to be a relatively settled argument. Where such decolonisation occurred, political independence, and its attendant democratic system and the undergirding of the rule of law, signify the self-evidentiality of such political decolonisation. This article rethinks this self-evidentiality of political independence as necessarily a decolonial political accomplishment in Ghana. This critical enterprise opens the documents that founded the newly independent state to alternative reading to demonstrate how the colonial folded itself into the dictate of freedom.

Contributor Notes

Bernard Forjwuor is a visiting assistant professor of politics at Whitman College. His research and teaching focus on black political thought, postcolonial political theory, global politics, critical democratic theory, and critical race theory. Currently, Forjwuor is completing a book manuscript entitled, Critique of Political Decolonization, which interrogates ways the colonial, by folding acts of self-governance/self-determination into the mechanisms of its undertakings, pre-determines liberal democratic outcomes in Africa. E-mail: bforjwuor@gmail.com

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