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Post - structuralism's colonial roots: Michel Foucault

Ahluwalia, Pal (2010) Post - structuralism's colonial roots: Michel Foucault. Social Identities, 16 (5). pp. 597-606. ISSN 1350-4630

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Post-colonial theory is many different things to many different people. It serves many different purposes. It is drawn from the unique conditions which its adherents inhabit and from the unique experiences upon which they draw. For many commentators, Michel Foucault is at the heart of post-colonial thinking or, at the very least, his work contributes the embedding of the post-structural in the post-colonial. But there is an alternative reading, and closer analysis demonstrates how the relationship between the post-structural and the post-colonial can be read as the inverse of one which embeds post-structuralism at the beginning. Looking at the range of experiences that were formative in the development of Foucault's ideas, it can be argued that the post-colonial is embedded deeply at the root of post-structural thinking.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Office of the VC
Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2022 00:35
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 00:35

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