Multiculturalism and Post‐colonial Theory

Paul Gilroy

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548439
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

 Multiculturalism and Post‐colonial Theory

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This article looks at the relation between post-colonial theory and multiculturalism. It explains that post-colonial theory is built upon debates over the legitimacy of colonial power that stretch through the morality of European expansion and the consequent ethical and political problems associated with colonial administration. Multiculturalism, like post-colonialism, is often seen as a coded way of speaking about race and about the dangerous processes through which race becomes a matter of culture. Some of the most important and influential strains of political commentary on multiculturalism have arisen from negotiation with indigenous populations in various national states. Those debates have been focused on problems of recognition, reparation, and sovereignty.

Keywords: post-colonial theory; multiculturalism; colonial power; race; culture; indigenous population; recognition; reparation; sovereignty

Article.  7306 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Theory ; International Relations

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