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The language of contemporary cultural theory shows remarkable similarities with the patterns of thought which characterised Victorian racial theory. Far from being marked by a separation from the racialised thinking of the past, Colonial Desire shows we are operating in complicity with historical ways of viewing 'the other', both sexually and racially.
Colonial Desire is a controversial and bracing study of the history of Englishness and 'culture'. Robert Young argues that the theories advanced today about post-colonialism and ethnicity are disturbingly close to the colonial discourse of the nineteenth century. 'Englishness', Young argues, has been less fixed and stable than uncertain, fissured with difference and a desire for otherness.
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|Preface: South Pacific|
|1||Hybridity and Diaspora||1|
|2||Culture and the History of Difference||29|
|3||The Complicity of Culture: Arnold's Ethnographic Politics||55|
|4||Sex and Inequality: The Cultural Construction of Race||90|
|5||Egypt in America, the Confederacy in London||118|
|6||White Power, White Desire: The Political Economy of Miscegenation||142|
|7||Colonialism and the Desiring Machine||159|