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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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Through the prism of the cinquantenaire: Côte d’Ivoire between refondation and Houphouët’s legacy

Through the prism of the cinquantenaire: Côte d’Ivoire between refondation and Houphouët’s legacy

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Francophone Africa at fifty
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Kathrin Heitz

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719089305.003.0015

Kathrin Heitz discusses the case of Côte d’Ivoire – a classic case of Franco-African partnership until the mid-1990s – setting the experience of 1960 in the context of the memory expressed in 2010 within a then-divided country. The author seeks the remembrance of the fundamental change that took place during the transfer of power in local narratives. Informants over sixty, from the city of Man in the western part of the country, give accounts of this event that show that the transition was not necessarily interpreted as political event. As Heitz demonstrates, many locals in the present day link the idea of independence with the end of forced labour (a colonial practice abolished in 1946), and refer to the 1969 celebration of independence that was a particularly impressive spectacle. This chapter thereby aims, from the perspective of a secondary administrative town, to give a voice and a perspective on independence to non-intellectuals at the local level in Côte d’Ivoire.

Keywords:   Côte d’Ivoire, Franco-African partnership, independence, local narratives

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