Law Wing Sang

in Collaborative Colonial Power

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9789622099296
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206755 | DOI:

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This section argues that to reject historicism, the binary schema in colonial study as well as the associated location reductionism in colonial and post-colonial analysis involves a dual task: (a) revisiting the nature of colonial power prior to assessing or presuming any structure of colonial domination; (b) refusing the dialectical structure of colonialist and nationalist discourses which treat space merely as a passive particularity that specifies and fragments the universal progression of history. Therefore, a re-theorization of colonial power as a power of space is called for. It further argues that there is no better place to start re-theorizing colonial power than the teachings of Foucault. It explains that this book shows how Chinese collaboration and colonialism mutually intertwined and conditioned each other in and around Hong Kong.

Keywords: historicism; colonial study; colonial power; nationalist discourses; space; Foucault; Chinese collaboration; Hong Kong

Chapter.  5000 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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