in Postcolonialism

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780192801821
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191775451 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions


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Since the early 1980s, postcolonialism has attempted to shift the dominant ways in which the relations between western and non-western people and their worlds are viewed. Postcolonialism: A Very Short Introduction uses the technique of montage to juxtapose perspectives and times against one another, seeking to generate a creative set of relations between them. For much of postcolonial theory is not so much about static ideas or practices, as about the relations between ideas and practices: relations of harmony, relations of conflict, generative relations between different peoples and their cultures. Postcolonialism is about a changing world, a world changed by struggle and one which its practitioners intend to change further.

Keywords: Africa; Colonialism; feminism; immigration; Iran; Latin America; passive resistance; race; shift; socialism; youth culture

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Subjects: National Liberation and Post-Colonialism ; Literary Studies (Postcolonial Literature)

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