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Francophone Africa at fifty$
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Tony Chafer and Alexander Keese

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719089305

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719089305.001.0001

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Franco-African security relations at fifty: writing violence, security and the geopolitical imaginary

Franco-African security relations at fifty: writing violence, security and the geopolitical imaginary

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Francophone Africa at fifty
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Bruno Charbonneau

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719089305.003.0008

Bruno Charbonneau focuses on the continuities in Franco-African security relations. He seeks an explanation for the importance of French militarism in African politics and connects this militarism to a particular vision and discourse of ‘violence’. Charbonneau focuses on how violence has become a narrative in its own right and even a dominant mode of communication between France and its Francophone African partners, superseding and building on the older, colonial forms of communication. This study locates the legacy of imperial violence in its intellectual context, in the control over stories about violence, security, and the geopolitical imaginary. Through this approach, the author demonstrates that this discourse erased the history of older mental maps, and of violently displaced practices of space and identity. Therefore, within a specific geopolitical imaginary, the practices of military interventions and their intellectual representations are woven together in (postcolonial) narratives that obscure the violence of post-1960 France-Africa relations.

Keywords:   Franco-African security relations, French militarism, African politics, postcolonial

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