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The decolonization of imagination : culture, knowledge and power
Nederveen Pieterse, Jan.

Publication Information:
London ; Atlantic Highlands, N.J. : Zed Books, 1995.
Physical Description:
x, 246 p. ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Chiefly rev. papers originally presented at a conference held 1991 in Amsterdam.
Continuities in imagination / Marion O'Callaghan -- "Dying races" : rationalizing genocide in the nineteenth century / Patrick Brantlinger -- Ethnographic showcases, 1870-1930 / Raymond Corbey -- Liberalism and colonialism : a critique of Locke and Mill / Bhikhu Parekh -- Samurai and self-colonization in Japan / Hiroshi Yoshioka -- Metaphors and the Middle East : crisis discourse on Gaza / Toine van Teeffelen -- "Mixed bloods" and the cultural politics of European identity in colonial Southeast Asia / Ann Stoler -- Patterns of exclusion : imaginaries of class, nation, ethnicity, and gender in Europe / Jan Berting -- The century of the colour line : closing reflections on the United States / Ronald Takaki -- Teaching for the times / Gayatri Spivak -- The emerging metastate versus the politics of identity / Sol Yurick -- The self wandering between cultural localization and globalization / Susantha Goonatilake.


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The Decolonization of the Imaginationpaves the way for a truly global cultural politics. A distinguished cast of contributors, from both North and South, looks at the relations between culture and power, domination and the imagination in a variety of contexts. Part one explores colonial imaginaries by unpacking the imageries and discourses of domination -- from the nineteenth century to contemporary Western images of the Middle East. Part two analyses imaginaries of cultural pluralism from the frontiers of the colonial past to contemporary Californian 'culture wars'. Part three assesses the impact of globalization on decolonizing processes. The book rejects both Eurocentrism and other forms of Western ethnocentrism as well as questioning third world cultural nationalism as a form of resistance to imperialism. A new perspective is offered, which looks beyond polycentrism towards the normalization of cultural pluralism, and a post-coloniality that transcends old North/South boundaries.


This collection provides an overview of strategies towards cultural decolonization in a post-Cold War world and to explore options for a global cultural politics. Addressing itself to an audience in both the South and the North, the book's contributors explore the relations between power and culture, between domination and the imagination. Acknowledging that former colonizers and colonized have both been shaped by a colonial imaginary, they explore a variety of decolonization strategies.

Table of Contents

1 Shifting Imaginaries: Decolonization, Internal Decolonization, PostcolonialityJan Nederveen Pieterse and Bhiku Parekh
Part 1 Imaginaries of Domination
2 Continuities in ImaginationMarion O'Callaghan
3 'Dying Races': Rationalizing Genocide in the Nineteenth CenturyPatrick Brantlinger
4 Ethnographic Showcases, 1870-1930Raymond Corbey
5 Liberalism and Colonialism: A Critique of Locke and MillBhikhu Parekh
6 Samurai and Self-colonization in JapanHiroshi Yoshioka
7 Metaphors and the Middle East: Crisis Discourse on GazaToine van Teeffelen
Part 2 Imaginaries of Cultural Pluralism
8 'Mixed-Bloods' and the Cultural Politics of European Identity in Colonial Southeast AsiaAnn Stoler
9 Patterns of Exclusion: Imaginaries of Class, Nation, Ethnicity and Gender in EuropeJan Berting
10 Culture Wars in the United States: Closing Reflection on the Century of the Colour LineRonald Takaki
11 Teaching for the TimesGayatri Chakravorty Spivak
12 The Emerging Metastate versus the Politics of Ethno-nationalist IdentitySol Yurick
13 The Self Wandering Between Cultural Localization and GlobalizationSusantha Goonatilake