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Le Tiers-Monde postcolonial

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Maurice Demers
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Patrick Dramé

Quatrième partie. Redéfinition à partir des marges

Chapitre 10. Whither Decolonization: Indigenous Realities, Postcolonial Myths

Nishant Upadhyay

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My experiences as a student and teacher of South Asian Studies has made me question the role area studies and postcolonial theory play in (re)producing and institutionalizing hegemonic constructs of the “nation”1—both, the nation “here” and “there”2. My assumptions that theorizing colonialism in South Asia would easily enable critical conversations with (ongoing) settler colonialism and white supremacy on Turtle Island3 have proven wrong, many times. Within academic disciplines like postcolonial theory, area studies, and development studies, there seems to be very little space for critically engaging with indigenous4 sovereignty and the (white) colonial Canadian state. Given that past and present colonial processes in South Asia and in Canada are complex and varying; yet a common context here is that of colonialism. The question then remains: why is it challenging to translate South Asian experiences with colonialism to a broader politics of decolonization on and of stolen indigenou...

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Candidat au doctorat
Département d’histoire, Université York

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