Postcolonialism: A Very Short Introduction [NOOK Book]

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This innovative and lively book is quite unlike any other introduction to postcolonialism. Robert Young examines the political, social, and cultural after-effects of decolonization by presenting situations, experiences, and testimony rather than going through the theory at an abstract level. He situates the debate in a wide cultural context, discussing its importance as an historical condition, with examples such as the status of aboriginal people, of those dispossessed from ...
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Postcolonialism: A Very Short Introduction

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Overview

This innovative and lively book is quite unlike any other introduction to postcolonialism. Robert Young examines the political, social, and cultural after-effects of decolonization by presenting situations, experiences, and testimony rather than going through the theory at an abstract level. He situates the debate in a wide cultural context, discussing its importance as an historical condition, with examples such as the status of aboriginal people, of those dispossessed from their
land, Algerian raï music, postcolonial feminism, and global social and ecological movements. Above all, Young argues, postcolonialism offers a political philosophy of activism that contests the current situation of global inequality, and so in a new way continues the anti-colonial struggles of the
past.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191622274
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 6/26/2003
  • Series: Very Short Introductions
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 452,627
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Robert J. C. Young is Professor of English and Critical Theory at Oxford University and a Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford. Recent publications include Colonial Desire: Hybridity in Culture, Theory and Race (Routledge, 1995), and Postcolonialism: An Historical Introduction (Blackwell, 2001). He is also General Editor of Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies (Routledge).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Illustrations
Introduction: Montage 1
1 Subaltern knowledge 9
2 History and power, from below and above 26
3 Space and land 45
4 Hybridity 69
5 Postcolonial feminism 93
6 Globalization from a postcolonial perspective 121
7 Translation 138
References 149
Further reading 159
Index 171
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    Eye-opening experience

    This was an incredibly eye-opening read. Some of the "Very Short Introductions" that I've read tend to be very dense and hard to follow, but this was personably written and it really makes an impact. I read it for a class, and oftentimes it made us hate the Western world in which we've grown, but I think it has a very important story to tell. Definitely recommend if you want to educate yourself on this topic.

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