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An intellectual history of post-concepts

What does it mean to live in an era of ‘posts’? At a time when ‘post-truth’ is on everyone’s lips, this volume seeks to uncover the logic of post-constructions – postmodernism, post-secularism, postfeminism, post-colonialism, post-capitalism, post-structuralism, post-humanism, post-tradition, post-Christian, post-Keynesian and post-ideology – across a wide array of contexts. It shows that ‘post’ does not simply mean ‘after.’ Although post-prefixes sometimes denote a particular periodization, especially in the case of mid-twentieth-century post-concepts, they more often convey critical dissociation from their root concept. In some cases, they even indicate a continuation of the root concept in an altered form. By surveying the range of meanings that post-prefixes convey, as well as how these meanings have changed over time and across multiple and shifting contexts, this volume sheds new light on how post-constructions work and on what purposes they serve. Moreover, by tracing them across the humanities and social sciences, the volume uncovers sometimes unexpected parallels and transfers between fields usually studied in isolation from each other.

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An introduction
John J. Joughin and Simon Malpas

-critical formations. Ewa Ziarek interrogates the recent history of feminist aesthetics and in a post-culturalist reading which draws upon advances within post-colonialism and feminism, including the theories of female masquerade and colonial mimicry of Joan Riviere, Frantz Fanon and Homi Bhabha, she offers a reformulation of Adorno’s social history of mimesis in the context of a ‘gendered and racial politics of modernity’. In a reading which resonates powerfully with Docherty’s chapter Andrew Bowie reminds us that theory’s suspicion of identificatory modes of thinking and its

in The new aestheticism
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Where postcolonialism is neo-orientalist – the cases of Sarojini Naidu and Arundhati Roy
Elleke Boehmer

/22/05 2:55 PM Page 171 John's G5:Users:john:Public:John's Mac: John's Job Sarojini Naidu and Arundhati Roy 171 that historical contextualisation remains self-consolidating of the west unless married to ‘critical reading’. For a useful overview of the different interpretative axes inscribed or ascribed by postcolonial criticism, see Stephen Slemon, ‘The scramble for post-colonialism’, in Chris Tiffin and Alan Lawson (eds), De-scribing Empire (London and New York: Routledge, 1994), pp. 15–32. 36 Homi Bhabha, The Location of Culture (London: Routledge, 1995), pp. 126

in Stories of women
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A history of colonial and post-colonial nursing
Editors: Helen Sweet and Sue Hawkins

Colonial Caring covers over a century of colonial nursing by nurses from a wide range of countries including: Denmark, Britain, USA, Holland and Italy; with the colonised countries including South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Ethiopia, Nigeria, India, Indonesia (Dutch East Indies) and the Danish West Indies. It presents unique perspectives from which to interrogate colonialism and post-colonialism including aspects of race, cultural difference and implications of warfare and politics upon nursing. Viewing nursing’s development under colonial and post-colonial rule reveals different faces of a profession that superficially may appear to be consistent and coherent, yet in reality is constantly reinventing itself. Considering such areas as transnational relationships, class, gender, race and politics, this book aims to present current work in progress within the field, to better understand the complex entanglements in nursing’s development as it was imagined and practised in local imperial, colonial and post-colonial contexts. Taking a chronologically-based structure, early chapters examine nursing in situations of conflict in the post-Crimean period from the Indian Rebellion to the Anglo-Boer War. Recruitment, professionalisation of nursing and of military nursing in particular, are therefore considered before moving deeper into the twentieth century reflecting upon later periods of colonialism in which religion and humanitarianism become more central. Drawing from a wide range of sources from official documents to diaries, memoirs and oral sources, and using a variety of methodologies including qualitative and quantitative approaches, the book represents ground-breaking work.

‘Postcolonial’ as periodizer
Andrew Sartori

for the most part conceptually redundant. 11 In 1987, Simon During was questioning whether ‘the concept postmodernity’ (already without hyphen) stood in irresolvable tension with the ‘possibility of post-colonial identity’ (still with hyphen). ‘Post-colonialism’ could look to postmodernism for affiliation and support in its aspiration to affirm the possibility of an Otherness ‘uncontaminated by universalist or Eurocentric concepts and images’. Yet it would nonetheless find itself confounded by

in Post-everything
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Rima D. Apple

organised remained vital elements of the community. The conjunction of colonial and post-colonial history and the history of nursing enables us to better appreciate the multiplicities of colonialism and post-colonialism and the diversity within 235 Rima D. Apple the nursing profession. By bringing together studies from around the world from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century, Colonial Caring:  A  History of Colonial and Post-colonial Nursing allows us to untangle the complications inherent in any historical study of nursing. The overlapping foci of these

in Colonial caring
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Post-concepts in historical perspective
Herman Paul

). 37 Helpful as these conceptual distinctions may be, historical questions of the sort raised above hardly figure in the existing literature. Indeed, examples like Toynbee’s, from the immediate post-war period, are strikingly absent, not only from specialized articles, but also from broadly conceived volumes like Past the Last Post: Theorizing Post-Colonialism and Post-Modernism (1991) and The Post-Marked World: Theory and Practice in the 21st Century (2013). 38 Judging by these studies, most authors examine post

in Post-everything
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Contextualising colonial and post-colonial nursing
Helen Sweet and Sue Hawkins

nursing.1 This omission has already been addressed in the closely related field of history of medicine through a number of publications over a long period of time,2 and this book aims to help correct the balance for nursing’s history. The history of nursing presents a unique perspective from which to interrogate colonialism and post-colonialism, which includes aspects of race and cultural difference, as well as class and gender. Simultaneously, viewing nursing’s development under colonial and post-colonial rule can reveal the different faces of what, on the surface, may

in Colonial caring
Jeremy C.A. Smith

. However, there is a third counterpoint to consider. Civilisational analysis has generated quite different perspectives from post-​colonial currents on civilisations, capitalism and colonialism. Is there a juncture at which they meet? Post-​colonial currents In this section, I compare the forming fields of post-​colonial sociology and contemporary civilisational analysis to single out incongruities and demarcate points of potential dialogue. By any assessment, post-​colonialism is a complex field. It is too large to survey here. The focus instead is specifically on post

in Debating civilisations
Impact of structural tensions and thresholds
Eşref Aksu

impact of the radical transition from colonialism to post-colonialism was twofold: it changed the way the (neo)colonial powers exercised influence over (ex-)colonies; but equally importantly, it provided the South with a unifying concept during the period of decolonisation. The first dimension of the transition to post-colonialism involved the continued ambitions of great powers and business interests

in The United Nations, intra-state peacekeeping and normative change