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dc.contributor.authorAbela, Josienne-
dc.identifier.citationAbela, J. (2017). A.V. Laferla and education : a post-colonial approach. In R. G. Sultana (Eds.), Yesterday's schools : readings in Maltese educational history (pp. 199-224). Malta: Xirocco Publishing.en_GB
dc.description.abstractThe writing of history in the form of the disinterested scholarship of academics studying the past objectively and for its own sake, is now unsustainable. The idea that history is dedicated to the pursuit of certaintist truth has been rejected and replaced by a fragmentary pluralistic ideal of reality. Contemporary thought has charged conventional history of partiality, of incompleteness and one-sidedness. Historiography was found to be not absolute or true, but historically and socially constructed. No historical account can recover the past as it ‘was’. Only different interpretations exist. The story of A. V. Laferla (1887-1943) and that of the Maltese educational system can be narrated in various ways. Here, I have chosen the post-colonial explanatory framework. Post-colonialism is here defined not as postindependence, as its semantic basis may seem to suggest, but as the sustained attention to the imperial process from the moment of colonization to the present day. In the historical period under discussion, the 1920’s—1940’s, the power relations were dictated by imperial discourse. To ignore imperialism is to miss what was essential about Laferla’s world. So, I have drawn on the concept of post-colonialism not because it is better or superior than other approaches, but as the most useful concept available to explain the economical, political, social and cultural conditions prevalent in Laferla’s time. A. V. Laferla is a figure that must be grasped within what Michel Foucault would call the ‘archive’ of his time. Post-colonialism stresses the examination of strategies that subvert the actual material and discursive effects of the imperial process. In the following sections I try to historicize the history of education through a ‘contrapuntal reading’. This is an oppositional way of interpreting history that enables the emergence of colonial implications that might otherwise remain hidden.en_GB
dc.publisherXirocco Publishingen_GB
dc.subjectLaferla, Albert V., 1887-1943 -- Biographyen_GB
dc.subjectMalta -- History -- 1964-en_GB
dc.subjectMalta -- History -- British occupation, 1800-1964en_GB
dc.subjectEducation -- Malta -- Historyen_GB
dc.subjectComparative educationen_GB
dc.titleA.V. Laferla and education : a post-colonial approachen_GB
dc.title.alternativeYesterday's schools : readings in Maltese educational historyen_GB
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