The plays of Ed Thomas and the cultural politics of South Wales
cringe, ‘[the] Wales of stereotypes, leeks, daffodils, look-younow-boyo rugby supporters singing Max Boyce songs in three-part
harmony while phoning Mam to tell her they’ll be home for tea and
Welsh cakes’ (1997) is one whose demise he would welcome.
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The plays of Ed Thomas
Negative or disempowering stereotypes are an integral part of
political and cultural colonialism. While efforts to locate Wales within
any post-colonial paradigm inevitably looks strained owing to the fact
that the undeniable colonisation ‘happened seven
not attempt to use British imperialism and colonialism or Nazi
militarism as its model, but however the expectations of the game
are communicated, whether in its title or not, they establish limits
above all else.
SimCity is not just a sim in the sense of truncated simulation, but a sim in the sense of simplification, for all its statistical
Managing the real: SimCity
complexity it is an abbreviation and reduction of the complex world
about us. Some simplifications are barely noticeable – the absence
The unburied victims of Kenya’s
Mau Mau Rebellion: where and when
does the violence end?
David M. Anderson and Paul J. Lane
All over central Kenya, the bones are coming up. Travelling around
the countryside of the Kikuyu-speaking areas of these intensely
farmed and closely settled fertile highlands, there are strange
patches of uncultivated land to be seen: places where local farmers
have found the remains of their kith and kin, those who were killed
during Kenya’s bloody rebellion against colonialism in the 1950s.
At Othaya, where the bitter war raged
assistance to the
people in time of famine, and to devote all its available resources to this end’
(Government of India 1880: 31–2). The state committed itself, at least nominally,
to preventing death from starvation. This commitment was open, thereafter, to
expansion and interpretation. Thus if the institutional legacy of colonialism was
to constrain the public health apparatus of India, the ideological legacy was the
rise, perhaps unintended, of the notion that the state would and could intervene
to prevent certain kinds of suffering.4
The ambivalent nature of the
‘Discoveries’ of India in the Language of
Colonialism , London, Routledge, 1996, p. 20.
Ram Chandra Prasad, Early English Travellers
in India. A Study in the Travel Literature of the Elizabethan
and Jacobean Periods with Particular Reference to India ,
). Another way may be to
think of recognition in relation to modern colonialism and slavery,
and in particular, with regard to the Haitian slave revolt and
constitution of a Haitian republic following the interpretation of
Susan Buck-Morss ( 2000 ). A third would be to
think of recognition as a hinge concept linking the political and
economic in relation to struggle for recognition
Where postcolonialism is neo-orientalist – the cases of Sarojini Naidu and Arundhati Roy
, 1996), pp. 178, and 149–50. For
their comments on postcolonialism’s neocolonial complicities, see also: Ania
Loomba, Colonialism/Postcolonialism (London: Routledge, 1998), pp. 245–58, and
Bart Moore-Gilbert, Postcolonial Theory: Contexts, Practices, Politics (New York and
London: Verso, 1997), pp. 3–4, 17–21, 185–203.
33 This is the kind of material that is almost too knowingly satirised in Hari Kunzru’s
The Impressionist (London: Hamish Hamilton, 2002), especially the second part,
34 See Aijaz Ahmad’s remarkable ‘rave’ review of Roy’s ‘overwritten
Caribbean migration to Britain brought many new things—new music, new foods, new styles. It brought new ways of thinking too. This book explores the intellectual ideas that the West Indians brought with them to Britain. It shows that, for more than a century, West Indians living in Britain developed a dazzling intellectual critique of the codes of Imperial Britain. Chapters discuss the influence of, amongst others, C. L. R. James, Una Marson, George Lamming, Jean Rhys, Claude McKay and V. S. Naipaul. The contributors draw from many different disciplines to bring alive the thought and personalities of the figures they discuss, providing a picture of intellectual developments in Britain from which we can still learn much. The introduction argues that the recovery of this Caribbean past, on the home territory of Britain itself, reveals much about the prospects of multiracial Britain.
Urban presence and uncertain futures in African cities
Michael Keith and Andreza Aruska de Souza Santos
Complex systems logic demonstrates why seeing like a city demands recognition of geographical specificity and path-dependent social settlement, opening contextual opportunities of place that render bespoke local city ‘clumsy’ solutions to ‘wicked’ urban problems more plausible. Cities of the global south have the potential to leapfrog the twentieth-century lock-ins of car-based urbanism and wasteful city metabolisms of water and waste. But equally, different histories of colonialism and systemic underdevelopment weigh heavily in
Bordering intimacy is a study of how borders and dominant forms of intimacy, such as family, are central to the governance of postcolonial states such as Britain. The book explores the connected history between contemporary border regimes and the policing of family with the role of borders under European and British empires. Building upon postcolonial, decolonial and black feminist theory, the investigation centres on how colonial bordering is remade in contemporary Britain through appeals to protect, sustain and make family life. Not only was family central to the making of colonial racism but claims to family continue to remake, shore up but also hide the organisation of racialised violence in liberal states. Drawing on historical investigations, the book investigates the continuity of colonial rule in numerous areas of contemporary government – family visa regimes, the policing of sham marriages, counterterror strategies, deprivation of citizenship, policing tactics, integration policy. In doing this, the book re-theorises how we think of the connection between liberal government, race, family, borders and empire. In using Britain as a case, this opens up further insights into the international/global circulations of liberal empire and its relationship to violence.