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The Sacrificed Generation: Youth, History, and the Colonized Mind in Madagascar
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Author: Lesley A. Sharp.
ISBN-10: 0-520-22951-7 (0520229517)
ISBN-13: 978-0-520-22951-8 (9780520229518)
Language: English
No. of Pages: xviii + 377
Dimensions: 153mm x 229mm x 25mm

Item Identification Code (UID#): 1014
Shelving Location: Ethnography & Ethnology
Estimated Value: £18.00
Purchase Date: 28 December 2006
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The Sacrificed Generation

Youth, History, and the Colonized Mind in Madagascar

University of California Press (2002).
Softcover Book

A detailed academic study exploring cultural and political issues of the modern-day youth in Madagascar.

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Youth and identity politics figure prominently in this provocative study of personal and collective memory in Madagascar. A deeply nuanced ethnography of historical consciousness, it challenges many cross-cultural investigations of youth, for its key actors are not adults but schoolchildren. Lesley Sharp refutes dominant assumptions that African children are the helpless victims of postcolonial crises, incapable of organized, sustained collective thought or action.

She insists instead on the political agency of Malagasy youth who, as they decipher their current predicament, offer potent, historicized critiques of colonial violence, nationalist resistance, foreign mass media, and schoolyard survival. Sharp asserts that autobiography and national history are inextricably linked and therefore must be read in tandem, a process that exposes how political consciousness is forged in the classroom, within the home, and on the street in Madagascar.


  • Table of Contents
  • List of Illustrations
  • List of Tables
  • Acknowledgments
  • Notes on the Text
  • Maps
  • Part I. The Reconstruction of a Children's History
    • Introduction
      • Alternative Visions
      • Historical and Political Considerations
      • Childhood Reconsidered
      • Methodological Conundrums
      • The Organization of the Study
    • Youth and the Colonized Mind
      • Revolution and National Transformations
      • Linguistic Hegemony
      • Past Sacrifices
      • Reconfiguring the Nation
      • Youthful Reflections
  • Part II. The Perplexities of Urban Schooling: Sacrifice, Suffering, and Survival
    • The Sacrificed Generation
      • African Inequalities
      • Encountering Extremes
      • An Ambanja Education
      • State Ideology and Pedagogical Praxis
      • Youth and the Politics of Schooling
    • The Life and Hard Times of the School Migrant
      • Portraits of Daily Survival
      • The Trials of School Migration
      • The Tenuousness of School Success
      • Envisioning a Future
  • Part III. Freedom, Labor, and Loyalty
    • The Resurgence of Royal Power
      • The Reawakening of a Dormant Kingdom
      • Conquest and Royal Resistance
      • Royal Modern
    • Our Grandfathers Went to War
      • The Colonial Hunger for African Labor
      • Conquest, Capture, and Enslavement
      • The Abandoned Bodies of Lost Ancestors
      • Colonial Resistance
    • Laboring for the Colony
      • A History of Forced Labor
      • Colonial Loyalties: La Mentalite Coloniale, La Mentalite Indigene
  • Part IV. Youth and the Nation: Schooling and its Perils
    • Girls and Sex and Other Urban Diversions
      • Town Girls
      • Worldly Diversions
      • The Immorality of Play
    • The Social Worth of Children
      • Lost Youth
      • Children and Urban Prosperity
  • Conclusion: Youth in an Age of Nationalism
    • Despair
    • Youth and Memory Politics
    • Future Desires
  • Appendix 1. A Guide to Key Informants
  • Appendix 2. Population Figures for Madagascar, 1900-1994
  • Appendix 3. Population Figures for Ambanja and the Sambirano Valley
  • Appendix 4. Schools In Ambanja and the Sambirano Valley
  • Appendix 5. Enrollment Figures for Select Ambanja Schools
  • Appendix 6. Bac Results at the State-Run Lycee Tsiaraso 1, 1990-1994
  • Appendix 7. Students' Aspirations
  • Notes
  • Glossary
  • References
  • Index

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