Postcolonialism: A Very Short Introduction

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Oxford University Press, Jun 26, 2003 - History - 180 pages
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This innovative and lively book is quite unlike any other introduction to postcolonialism. Robert Young examines the political, social, and cultural after-effects of decolonization by presenting situations, experiences, and testimony rather than going through the theory at an abstract level. He situates the debate in a wide cultural context, discussing its importance as an historical condition, with examples such as the status of aboriginal people, of those dispossessed from their land, Algerian raļ music, postcolonial feminism, and global social and ecological movements. Above all, Young argues, postcolonialism offers a political philosophy of activism that contests the current situation of global inequality, and so in a new way continues the anti-colonial struggles of the past. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Review: Postcolonialism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #98)

User Review  - Geert - Goodreads

different format. some parts were very interesting, mostly a narrow view. Read full review

Review: Postcolonialism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #98)

User Review  - Naomi90 - Goodreads

One of the best books I have read in a while. You might not agree with everything but so far the structure of the book is just perfect and have helped me alot in my studies. Read full review


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History and power from below and above
J Space and land
J Postcolonial feminism
Globalization from a postcolonial perspective

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Robert J. C. Young is Professor of English and Critical Theory at Oxford University and a Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford. Recent publications include Colonial Desire: Hybridity in Culture, Theory and Race (Routledge, 1995), and Postcolonialism: An Historical Introduction (Blackwell, 2001). He is also General Editor of Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies (Routledge).

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