Space and land

in Postcolonialism

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

Series: Very Short Introductions

Space and land

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‘Space and land’ explores one of the most banal but fundamentally important features of colonial power: the appropriation of land. In many societies, the problem of landlessness is one of the most immediate and significant issues faced every day by ordinary people. In some colonized countries, settlers created vast farms and estates by driving off those who had traditionally lived on that land. Without land to cultivate, the only alternative is to drift to the slums of the big cities. To think about landlessness is to think about the peasantry and the whole spectrum of needs of the world's poorest people.

Keywords: Mahatma Gandhi; John Locke; Mein Kampf; Herman Melville; Sylvia Pankhurst; Virginia Woolf

Chapter.  7202 words.  Illustrated.

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

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