The colonial middle classes are often educated by the colonial power. Having gone through such an educational system, they adopt an Enlightenment world view, the "bourgeois-rationalist conception of knowledge" (Nationalist Thought 11) of the colonizer. Their world picture is one of progress from superstition to ignorance, which they see as a universal feature of all human existence.
The colonial middle classes thus face a problem. How can they become modern,
but modern in a different way from the colonizer? How can one progress, but
not become "Westernized"?
Last Modified: 19 April, 2002