Post-Colonial Studies: The Key Concepts

Post-Colonial Studies: The Key Concepts

Post-Colonial Studies: The Key Concepts

Post-Colonial Studies: The Key Concepts

Synopsis

As a subject, post-colonial studies stands at the intersection of debates about race, colonialism, gender, politics and language. In the language of post-colonial studies, some words are new, whereas others are familiar and are charged with new significance.Explaining what post-colonialism actually is, where it is encountered and why it is crucial in forging new cultural identities, this clearly presented text provides essential information in understanding the issues that characterise the area.With over 100 entries, the book includes definitions of:* diaspora* Fanonism* hybridity* Manicheanism* miscegenation* negritude* orientalism* settler-colony* trans-culturation.With suggestions for further reading at the end of each entry, a comprehensive glossary with extensive cross-referencing, and a bibliography of essential writings in post-colonial studies in an easy-to-use A-Z format, Post-Colonial Studies: The Key Concepts is an invaluable resource for anyone studying or interested in post-colonialism.

Excerpt

Recognition of the fact that most of the world has been affected to some degree by nineteenth-century European imperialism has not always led to an understanding of the continuing effects of colonial and neo-colonial power. However, post-colonial analysis increasingly makes clear the nature and impact of inherited power relations, and their continuing effects on modern global culture and politics. Political questions usually approached from the stand-points of nation-state relations, race, class, economics and gender are made clearer when we consider them in the context of their relations with the colonialist past. This is because the structures of power established by the colonizing process remain pervasive, though often hidden in cultural relations throughout the world.

Post-colonial analysis draws upon a wide variety of theoretical positions and their associated strategies and techniques. Moreover, the field seeks to develop adequate and appropriate approaches to material that is itself diverse, hybrid, diasporic. Its terminology, then, functions in a highly charged and contestatory atmosphere of intellectual exchange and cultural negotiation.

Post-colonial studies have, over the last three decades, developed conceptual vocabularies that are themselves sites of negotiation and progressive refinement. The term 'post-colonial' has itself been the subject of considerable debate, and is still used in a variety of ways within the single discipline, between and across disciplines, and differently in different parts of the world. The meanings embraced by this protean term range from . . .

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