Actionable Postcolonial Theory in Education (Postcolonial by V. Andreotti

By V. Andreotti

Andreotti illustrates how postcolonial concept is utilized within the contexts of academic research/critique and in pioneering pedagogical initiatives. She offers an available and important evaluate and comparability of theoretical debates relating to reviews of Western/Northern hegemony.

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The relationship between discursive and material practices and politics of colonialism (different passages of the text point to different relationships of causality); Contextualizing Postcolonialisms 23 2. the claim of misrepresentation of the Orient (which would imply the possibility of a correct representation); 3. his own apparent objectivity and “truthful” analysis of Western representations of the East (a lack of self-reflexivity); and 4. a theoretical inconsistency in relation to the claim of the “will to power” as the basis of knowledge production.

It has also neglected to address sympathetically the historical, cultural and political alterity, or difference, of the colonial world and, in so doing, it has relinquished its potential to appeal to postcolonialist thought. , Spivak 1990). Both strands share a critique of colonial and imperial relations, but they propose different solutions to the problem of cultural supremacy. The first deploys concepts of emancipation and humanism to propose a teleological change in history based on liberation from and transcendence of colonial relations, where the oppressed and their subjugated knowledges (rather than the oppressors’) would hold the key to a better society.

As well as discouraging or rejecting those which violate the norms of that particular discourse” (99). Said used the concept of discourse to examine how the formal study of the “Orient,” along with other literary and cultural texts, consolidated certain ways of seeing and thinking that in turn contributed to the functioning of colonial power. He argued that certain texts are accorded “the authority of academics, institutions and governments” and can create not only knowledge but the very reality they appear to describe.

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