Franz Fanon

There is not occupation of territory, on one hand, and independence of persons, on the other… French colonialism has settled itself in the very center of the Algerian individual and has undertaken a sustained work of cleanup, of expulsion of self, of rationally pursued mutilation…” Franz Fanon, on the internalization of the sickness of the present social order. (Studies in a Dying Colonialism, p139)

The colonized perceives the doctor, the engineer, the schoolteacher, the policeman, the rural constable, through the haze of an almost organic confusion…. This ambivalence is in fact to be found in connection with all of the occupier’s modes of presence… In the colonial situation, going to see the doctor, the administrator, [the teacher,] the constable or the mayor are identical moves.

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