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Postcolonial Politics


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‘Postcolonial Politics’ is a series that publishes books that lie at the intersection of politics and postcolonial theory. That point of intersection once barely existed; its recent emergence is enabled, first, because a new form of ‘politics’ is beginning to make its appearance. Intellectual concerns that began life as a (yet unnamed) set of theoretical interventions from scholars largely working within the ‘New Humanities’ have now begun to migrate into the realm of politics. The result is politics with a difference, with a concern for the everyday, the ephemeral, the serendipitous and the unworldly. Second, postcolonial theory has raised a new set of concerns in relation to understandings of the non-West. At first these concerns and these questions found their home in literary studies, but they were also, always, political. Edward Said’s binary of ‘Europe and its other’ introduced us to a ‘style of thought’ that was as much political as it was cultural as much about the politics of knowledge as the production of knowledge, and as much about life on the street as about a philosophy of being, A new, broader and more reflexive understanding of politics, and a new style of thinking about the non-Western world, make it possible to ‘think’ politics through postcolonial theory, and to ‘do’ postcolonial theory in a fashion which picks up on its political implications.

Postcolonial Politics attempts to pick up on these myriad trails and disruptive practices. The series aims to help us read culture politically, read ‘difference’ concretely, and to problematise our ideas of the modern, the rational and the scientific by working at the margins of a knowledge system that is still logocentric and Eurocentric. This is where a postcolonial politics hopes to offer new and fresh visions of both the postcolonial and the political.

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Decolonising Governance: Archipelagic Thinking

Decolonising Governance: Archipelagic Thinking

1st Edition

Paul Carter
October 02, 2018

Power may be globalized, but Westphalian notions of sovereignty continue to determine political and legal arrangements domestically and internationally: global issues - the legacy of colonialism expressed in continuing human displacement and environmental destruction - are thus treated ‘parochially...

Domestic Spaces in Post-Mao China: On Electronic Household Appliances

Domestic Spaces in Post-Mao China: On Electronic Household Appliances

1st Edition

Wang Min’an
December 05, 2017

Unconventional, creative, and highly original, Wang Min’an’s work centres on the assemblage of household machines that create the space of contemporary domesticity. It offers pathways to a new understanding of how the sudden commodification of domestic space in China beginning in the late 1980s has...

Japanese Poetry and its Publics: From Colonial Taiwan to Fukushima

Japanese Poetry and its Publics: From Colonial Taiwan to Fukushima

1st Edition

Dean Anthony Brink
October 03, 2017

  This book aims to explore precisely how modern Japanese poetry has remained central to public life in both Japan and its former colony of Taiwan. Though classical Japanese poetry has captivated the imagination of Asian studies scholars, little research has been conducted to explore its role in...

Multicultural Politics of Recognition and Postcolonial Citizenship: Rethinking the Nation

Multicultural Politics of Recognition and Postcolonial Citizenship: Rethinking the Nation

1st Edition

Rachel Busbridge
July 27, 2017

This book examines claims for recognition of cultural difference from immigrant and Indigenous minorities, highlighting the ways in which they intersect with ideas of national community. Busbridge argues that there is an important, albeit under-explored, relationship between nation and...

Gender, Orientalism, and the ‘War on Terror': Representation, Discourse, and Intervention in Global Politics

Gender, Orientalism, and the ‘War on Terror': Representation, Discourse, and Intervention in Global Politics

1st Edition

Maryam Khalid
June 02, 2017

This book offers an accessible and timely analysis of the ‘War on Terror’, based on an innovative approach to a broad range of theoretical and empirical research. It uses ‘gendered orientalism’ as a lens through which to read the relationship between the George W. Bush administration, gendered and...

From International Relations to Relations International: Postcolonial Essays

From International Relations to Relations International: Postcolonial Essays

1st Edition

Philip Darby
November 24, 2015

This book brings postcolonial critique directly to bear on established ways of theorizing international relations. Its primary concern is with the non-European world and its relations with the North. In advancing an alternative conception of "relations international", the book draws on alternative...

The City as Target

The City as Target

1st Edition

Ryan Bishop, Gregory Clancey, John W. Phillips
April 27, 2015

Bringing together scholars from a diverse range of disciplines, The City as Target provides a sustained and critical response to the relationship between the concept of targeting (in its many forms) and notions of understanding, imagining and shaping the urban. Among the many spatial and graphic...

Reconciliation and Pedagogy

Reconciliation and Pedagogy

1st Edition

Pal Ahluwalia, Stephen Atkinson, Peter Bishop, Pam Christie, Robert Hattam, Julie Matthews
November 11, 2013

Reconciliation is one of the most significant contemporary challenges in the world today. In this innovative new volume, educational academics and practitioners across a range of cultural and political contexts examine the links between reconciliation and critical pedagogy, putting forward the...

China and Orientalism: Western Knowledge Production and the PRC

China and Orientalism: Western Knowledge Production and the PRC

1st Edition

Daniel Vukovich
February 28, 2013

This book argues that there is a new, Sinological form of orientalism at work in the world. It has shifted from a logic of ‘essential difference’ to one of ‘sameness’ or general equivalence. "China" is now in a halting but inevitable process of becoming-the-same as the USA and the West. Orientalism...

Everyday Practice of Race in America: Ambiguous Privilege

Everyday Practice of Race in America: Ambiguous Privilege

1st Edition

Utz McKnight
April 21, 2010

An original contribution to political theory and cultural studies this work argues for a reinterpretation of how race is described in US society. McKnight develops a line of reasoning to explain how we accommodate racial categories in a period when it has become important to adopt anti-racist...

Out of Africa: Post-Structuralism's Colonial Roots

Out of Africa: Post-Structuralism's Colonial Roots

1st Edition

Pal Ahluwalia
March 25, 2010

At the heart of this book is the argument that the fact that so many post-structuralist French intellectuals have a strong ‘colonial’ connection, usually with Algeria, cannot be a coincidence. The ‘biographical’ fact that so many French intellectuals were born in or otherwise connected with French...

The Postcolonial Politics of Development

The Postcolonial Politics of Development

1st Edition

Ilan Kapoor
February 07, 2008

This book uses a postcolonial lens to question development’s dominant cultural representations and institutional practices, investigating the possibilities for a transformatory postcolonial politics. Ilan Kapoor examines recent development policy initiatives in such areas as ‘governance,’ ‘human...

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