Journal Article — Decolonizing the Mind: The Case of the Netherlands — by Sandew Hira




In a militant context, the author examines certain dominant historical narratives regarding slavery and abolition produced and disseminated in the Dutch university and Dutch governmental institutions. He denounces their ideological and non-scientific approaches and in particular their strong tendency to understate or deny the oppressive character of slavery and the responsibility of Dutch ruling classes in its promotion and in mystifying the historical factors that explain abolition.

Recommended Citation

Hira, Sandew. 2012. “Decolonizing the Mind: The Case of the Netherlands.” Pp. 53-68 in Decolonizing the University: Practicing Pluriversity (Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge: Volume X, Issue 1, 2012.) Belmont, MA: Okcir Press (an imprint of Ahead Publishing House).

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