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Goiás UFG 2010.1 1ª Fase Questão: 83 Inglês Interpretação de Texto 

Language and Neo-colonialism: African Development Challenge

[...] Africa represents today the only major historical and cultural area of the world where despite their indigenous socio-cultural majorities, countries prefer to use the languages of their erstwhile masters in their attempts to develop and make social progress. The result of this neocolonial approach to culture and democracy is that the scientific and technological culture of Africans is hardly advancing. Actually, Africa, by and large, is retrogressing or stagnating. Mass society and its culture is shut off, and condemned to cultural backwardness and alienation from the life of the elite. The elite in turn is bent on what many social critics regard as mindless imitation of the colonial and metropolitan cultures of the west. This is an orientation, which in effect integrates the elite more into the culture of the former colonial masters than the indigenous cultures from where this elite historically and socially derives […].

Disponível em: <http://africaunchained.blogspot.com/2005/09/languageand-neo-colonialism-african.html>. Acesso em: 30 set. 2009.

erstwhile: antigos
by and large: de modo geral
shut off: excluída
backwardness: atraso
mindless: irracional

De acordo com Kwesi Kwaa Prah, significa um retrocesso para o continente africano a



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