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In the case of Cape Verde, these political arrangements include a legacy of slavery, colonialism, and famine; a contemporary economic and political position in the South in a globalized world dominated by the North; and a society that is stratified by gender in which women are often the exploited subjects of men in their personal and public lives. Critical ethnographers not only differ from mainstream ethnographers in approach. They also differ in regard to intentions. Critical 42 Cape Verdean Women and Globalization ethnography “seeks to do more than just describe and interpret culture and cultural phenomenon.

But, he argued, culture was also a focal point for revolution and a critical site around which revolutionaries must organize to resist and confront those forces. Cabral wrote, Just as happens with the flower in a plant, in culture there lies the capacity (or the responsibility) for forming and fertilizing the seedling which will assure the continuity of history, at the same time assuring the prospects for evolution and progress of the society in question. Thus it is understood that imperialist domination by denying the historical development of the dominated people, necessarily also denies their cultural development.

Cabral wrote, Just as happens with the flower in a plant, in culture there lies the capacity (or the responsibility) for forming and fertilizing the seedling which will assure the continuity of history, at the same time assuring the prospects for evolution and progress of the society in question. Thus it is understood that imperialist domination by denying the historical development of the dominated people, necessarily also denies their cultural development. It is also understood why imperialist domination, like all other foreign domination for its own security, requires cultural oppression and the attempt at direct or indirect liquidation of the essential elements of the culture of the dominated people.

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