decivilize


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decivilize

(diːˈsɪvɪˌlaɪz) or

decivilise

vb (tr)
to cause (a person) to be uncivilized
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However, this situation is harmful both for the dominant culture and the slaves, indeed, using Cesaire's words the colonisation has the power "to decivilize the colonizer, to brutalize him in the true sense of the word" (Cesaire 2); this instance is showed in Bourtons's analysis of Phillips's Crossing the River.
This harks back to what Cesaire argues is colonization 'work[ing] to decivilize the colonizer, to brutalize him in the true sense of the word, to degrade him" (173).
As he saw how colonization worked to decivilize the colonizer, to brutalize him, and to awaken him to buried instincts, his skepticism about the claims to moral improvement of the "civilizing" endeavor deepened (White 184).