New Formations

Articles from No. 59, Autumn

Beyond Anglophone Imperialism?
By the turn of the millennium, there were growing fears that postcolonial studies risked stagnation in a sterile process of anthologisation in which a heavily circumscribed range of critics and concepts were endlessly cross-referenced. (1) This situation...
Edward Said and the War in Iraq
Theoretical closure, like social convention or cultural dogma, is anathema to critical consciousness, which loses its profession when it loses its sense of an open world in which its faculties must be exercised' ...
History after the End of History: Critical Counterfactualism and Revolution
First, the problem: 'Revolution' is frequently characterised as either irrelevant or unimaginable in the North. Fredric Jameson has offered a typical formulation: 'so successful have such positions [as Samuel Huntington's] been in contemporary ideological...
Israel in US Empire
POST-ZIONISM AND COLONIALISM Any reader of Israel Studies recent issue on the 'Americanization of Israel' would be likely to conclude that the most important aspect of US-Israel relations was cultural and religious exchange. (1) American commodification...
Postcolonialism and Scottish Studies
The advertisement for a recent BBC Scotland documentary series, Scotland's Empire (2004), depicts a muscular and manacled 'slave', shot from behind and naked from the waist up, over a brooding, dark blue background. White swathes intersect the figure's...
Postcolonial Studies after the Invasion of Iraq
In most mainstream commentary, the Islamist attacks on the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon on 11 September 2001 are situated in world-historical terms. We are enjoined to believe that the very sub-structure of the world changed as a result...
Postcolonial Urbicide: New Imperialism, Global Cities and the Damned of the Earth
URBICIDE Armoured Caterpillar D-9 bulldozers tearing down neighbourhoods in Gaza; liberators of Iraq firing at local crowds in the streets of Fallujah; 'swarming' Israeli soldiers 'walking through walls' in the enemy territory of Nablus (1)--these...
Priyamvada Gopal and Neil Lazarus
The impetus driving this special issue of new formations is our conviction that the invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq represent a watershed for postcolonial studies. Actually, our premise should be stated in bolder terms than this. We believe...
Surfing the Second Waves: Amitav Ghosh's Tide Country
... to grasp historical being in its external historical determination, there where it is most historical, as itself natural being, or to grasp nature, there where it apparently resides most profoundly within itself, as historical being. ...
The Fetish of the Margins: Religious Absolutism, Anti-Racism and Postcolonial Silence
Sometime in early 2006, a Powerpoint presentation on 'reformist' Islam produced a couple of years earlier by the Strategic Policy Team of the Home Office and Foreign Office was leaked to the New Statesman. (1) It was one of numerous other such documents...
The 'Moral Empire': Africa, Globalisation and the Politics of Conscience
Do you know why people like me are shy about being capitalists? Well, it's because we, for as long as we have known you, were capital. Jamaica Kincaid (1) In February 2004, less than a year...
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