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A Focus on Community Engagement

epidemic to a number of factors related to history and international political economy. They range from the legacy of the transatlantic slave trade and colonial histories to economic structures built around international extractive industries and aid dependency ( Benton and Dionne, 2015 ; Richardson et al. , 2016 ; Wilkinson and Fairhead, 2017 ). Externally imposed structural adjustment in the 1980s hollowed out all (non-military) essential state functions. This, in turn, transformed citizens’ relation to and expectations of the postcolonial state and its legitimacy

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Cultural readings of race, imperialism and transnationalism

This book analyses black Atlantic studies, colonial discourse analysis and postcolonial theory, providing paradigms for understanding imperial literature, Englishness and black transnationalism. Its concerns range from the metropolitan centre of Conrad's Heart of Darkness to fatherhood in Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk; from the marketing of South African literature to cosmopolitanism in Achebe; and from utopian discourse in Parry to Jameson's theorisation of empire.

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), these ideas have played much smaller roles than ethnicity or religion, or even postcolonialism, in mainstream social and cultural theory about the region. Such theory is itself a transnational production, circulating between the region's academic and cultural institutions and foreign universities which are products of colonial legacies and sites of racial struggle; those producing it may be diasporic scholars, exiles, cultural outsiders or still consider themselves living in the same home country. During the Anglophone academy's postcolonial and subaltern turn, which

in Race and the Yugoslav region

’. See Donna Landry and Gerald MacLean (eds.), The Spivak Reader (London: Routledge, 1996), pp. 287–90. See also Meyda Yegenoglu and Mahmut Mutman, ‘Mapping the Present: Interview with Gayatri Spivak’, New Formations: A Journal of Culture/Theory/Politics, 45 (2001), pp. 9–23, for Spivak’s account of how the practice and conceptualisation of subalternity has changed since she wrote and published her original essay. Neil Lazarus provides an insightful contribution to the Spivak/Parry debate: ‘Nationalist Consciousness and the Specificity of (Post)colonial Intellectualism

in Postcolonial contraventions
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An introduction

by the constant clamor over them – forms part of the spatial segregations, developmental distinctions, and historicist hierarchies of modernity. At the same time, these measures offer an opportunity to propose a distinct perspective on identity, one that holds up a mirror to modernity. Drawing upon historical anthropology, subaltern studies, postcolonial perspectives, and social-political theory, I

in Subjects of modernity
The inflection of desire in Yvonne Vera and Tsitsi Dangarembga

’s sexuality, especially in so far as sexuality remains the dark secret of the Third World nation. Queer sexuality, in point of fact, probably still constitutes what could best be termed a virtual nonpresence, or at least a covert silencing, an ‘unsaying’, in postcolonial discourses generally and in African writing in particular.3 It is a surprising omission or occlusion considering that, since the 1960s, postcolonial theory and criticism have grown up in tandem with the emergence of a politics of identity and cultural difference, and are deeply informed by discourses of

in Stories of women
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Culture, criticism, theory since 1990

and political exchange, it also enabled Irish feminists to focus more fully on global debates, such as those surrounding immigration, development and multiculturalism.59 Another contentious feature of Ireland’s going global has been the vigorous debates regarding the validity and cogency of postcolonial studies for a reading of Irish history and culture. The proponents of 9780719075636_4_002.qxd 16/2/09 9:23 AM Page 31 Culture, criticism, theory 31 ‘travelling theory’, some argued, were exporting fashionable critiques that often had little purchase on the

in Irish literature since 1990
David Lloyd’s work

transformations that take place through the dialectic between the state and what it perforce negates as a condition of its existence’ (p. 87). I want to suggest that Lloyd’s formalism proves, on the contrary, antithetical to a materialist approach. I choose this article for discussion because it seems to condense a number of current dispositions in Western anti-foundationalist critical theory, political critique, and colonial discourse analysis. Lloyd’s concern with Enlightenment ideologies is shared by a growing number of postcolonial critics. His work corresponds to the

in Postcolonial contraventions
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Uses and critiques of ‘civilisation’

perspectives at the interstices of Marxism and civilisational analysis and then globalisation theory and civilisational analysis, other problematics come to the fore. Perspectives elaborated in globalisation analysis, Marxism and post-​colonial sociology reveal ‘power’ to be a still-​troubling problematic for civilisational analysis, which is one other reason for prefixing Castoriadis’s notion of power in the passage above. In comparing contemporary civilisational analysis with the competing paradigms of globalisation theory, Marxism and post-​colonial sociology, valid

in Debating civilisations
Critical encounters between state and world

Recognition and Global Politics examines the potential and limitations of the discourse of recognition as a strategy for reframing justice and injustice within contemporary world affairs. Drawing on resources from social and political theory and international relations theory, as well as feminist theory, postcolonial studies and social psychology, this ambitious collection explores a range of political struggles, social movements and sites of opposition that have shaped certain practices and informed contentious debates in the language of recognition.