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Conclusion: Postcolonial Agency

Simone Bignall

in Postcolonial Agency

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780748639434
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671878 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639434.003.0008
Conclusion: Postcolonial Agency

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The book's concluding remarks consider the nature of the relationship between philosophy and practice, with respect to the question of public commitment and faith to the social process of transformation. The future-oriented practice of postcolonisation is enabled by the alternative conceptualisation of agency presented here, and indeed, the success of this work might best be judged by its ‘untimeliness’, by the future events that its concepts invent, express and call forth. However, the concept of postcolonial agency this book has described achieves actual saliency only in the practices that materialise it. Concepts of sociability remain virtual until they are acted through responsible, collective practice; the postcolonial exists even now, but as a virtual we must labour to make actual through carefully chosen practices of desire.

Keywords: postcolonial practice; postcolonial theory; ‘the time of the postcolonial’; postcolonial futures; untimeliness; actualisation of the virtual; agency; responsibility; commitment; faith and fidelity

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Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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