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Difference, Differently

Tejumola Olaniyan

in Scars of Conquest/Masks of Resistance

Published in print August 1995 | ISBN: 9780195094053
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199855278 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195094053.003.0003
Difference, Differently

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This chapter begins with the exploration of components of the “colonizing structure” of European imperialism project so as to discern the justifications behind the revolutionizing of non-European continents into mere Western masterpieces. Such transformation involves the expansion of physical possession, the liberalization of others' (that is, the natives') minds, and the incorporation of domestic economic backgrounds under the Western influence. Here, the notion of “reformation” is anchored upon the premises of antagonistic attempts, and is dependent on the collaboration of all the aforementioned elements of the imperialist's project. To view difference differently does not suggest that individuals of dissimilar orientations and practices cannot view “others” as social references, but it implies thorough changes and absolute governance in all aspects of the target person, group, or territory.

Keywords: colonizing structure; imperialism; Westernization; natives; reformation; antagonism; difference; liberalization

Chapter.  5540 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights)

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