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What is a term for cultural and social influences left by colonial power that has a long-lasting, negative influence?

What is a term for cultural and social influences left by colonial power that has a long-lasting, negative influence?


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I'm currently doing research on colonial effects on North African countries, and one aspect I want to comment on are both the positive and negative effects of the previous colonial power. Some of these are the colonial mentality (colonial inferiority complex) that has permeated (negative effect), as well as through cultural/linguistic imperialism. On the other hand, positive aspects are (some may argue) democratic ideals of governance, economic systems based on free markets, architecture, or social structures.

My analysis is on some of these cultural imperialism after-effects that are still in play today, whether it is elitism, social stratification, and division in ethnic/class backgrounds. The palpable social and cultural influences which have a long-lasting, transgenerational influence due to previous colonization coupled with colonial mentality - is there a term for this?

Acculturation is, as far as I can tell, a method by which describes the process by which social, cultural, and psychological changes may develop between two cultures (i.e., colonial culture adapting to the prevailing culture), but this does not seem to specifically describe this phenomena.

If there are any books/papers on this, as well as a specific term for this effect, that would be very helpful!


"[Post-]Colonial Entanglement" is a term used by historian Achille Mbembe in his book On the Postcolony, to describe:

the coercion to which people are subject,… a whole cluster of reorderings of society, culture, and identity, and a series of recent changes in the way power is exercised and rationalized.

I don't think its necessarily meant to describe only bad things (value judgements are understandable here, but perhaps best left to the political sphere), but rather to talk about the lasting complexities left behind by the colonial experience. But of course those changes were necessarily at their source coercive. Very few colonized societies had to beg a reluctant colonizer to come take their societies over.