The Psychological Trauma of Colonialism Analytical Essay by Nicky

The Psychological Trauma of Colonialism
An exploration of the emotional effects of colonization on the colonized. This is likened to change in the business world.
# 147878 | 1,502 words | 5 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Aug 03, 2011 in Anthropology (General) , History (General) , Literature (African)

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This paper examines the psychological trauma of colonialism using examples from "Things Fall Apart" and "Petals of Blood." It supports the thesis that in order for a people to be colonized, there is a turning point in the psychology of every individual that must be reached. There is a part of the paper which compares the processes that occur during colonization to those that occur when companies experience change.

From the Paper:

"Colonialism means a drastic change from former lifestyles and cultures. Change is at first, met with resistance. Some will give in almost immediately and others will resist until they are broken, such as Okonkwo in Things Fall Apart. Okonkwo never gave up his traditional culture and accepted the changes in his village and culture. In the end, he committed suicide, rather than to give up his culture and former way of life. He never adjusted to the ideals imposed by the white invaders."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Achebe, C. Things Fall Apart. New York, NY: Anchor Books. Chapter 7.
  • Sdiffgy-krenke, I. Coping Styles: Does intervention change anything? Eurpoean Journal of Developmental Psychology. 1 (4): 367-382
  • Ngugi, wa Thiong'o. Petals of Blood. New York, NY: Penguin Books. P. 179.
  • Winn, G. A Change in employee attitude IS possible! Change Management, Retrieved April 11, 2009 from
  • Achebe, C. Things Fall Apart. New York, NY: Anchor Books. Chapter 23.16.

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