- List of Contributors
- General Introduction
- Reason Aside: Reflections on Enlightenment and Empire
- Empires of Democracy
- The Imperial Past: Spain and Portugal in the New World
- Imperial/Colonial Metamorphosis: A Decolonial Narrative, from the Ottoman Sultanate and Spanish Empire to the US and the EU
- Empire, Islam, and the Postcolonial
- Hegel, Empire, and Anti-Colonial Thought
- Imperial Histories, Postcolonial Theories
- Violence, Law, and Justice in the Colonial Present
- Renegade Prophets and Native Acolytes: Liberalism and Imperialism Today
- The Geopolitics of Knowledge and the Challenge of Postcolonial Agency: International Relations, US Policy, and the Arab World
- Africa’s Colonial Present: Development, Violence, and Postcolonial Security
- Beyond Biopolitics: Agamben, Asylum, and Postcolonial Critique
- Indigenous Inhabitations and the Colonial Present
- Towards an Anti-Colonial Future
- Revisiting Resistance: Postcolonial Practice and the Antecedents of Theory
- ‘Third Worldism’ and the Political Imaginary of Postcolonial Studies
- Postcolonialism and/as Translation
- Remembering Back: Cultural Memory, Colonial Legacies, and Postcolonial Studies
- Postcolonialism and Popular Cultures
- Race, Racism, and Postcoloniality
- Theory and Practice in Postcolonial Studies
- modes and models of postcolonial cross-disciplinarity
- Postcolonialism and Literature
- Postcolonialism and History
- ‘Slippery, Like a Fish’: The Discourse of the Social Sciences
- At the Limits of the Secular: History and Critique in Postcolonial Religious Studies
- Postcolonialism and the Environment
- Origins, Outcomes, and the Meaning of Postcolonial Diversity
- Perspectives on Globalization and Subalternity
- Postcolonialism, Globalization, and the ‘Asia Question’
- Our Sea of Islands: Globalization, Regionalism, and (Trans) Nationalism in the Pacific
- Africa and its Diasporas
- Postcolonializing the Americas
- Irritating Europe
- What was Globalization?
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter investigates the persistence of racism in the production and maintenance of postcolonial cultural identity through an examination of the major critical frameworks that have informed the analysis, over the past several decades, of theorizing in postcolonial studies: the anti-colonial writings of Frantz Fanon and Albert Memmit; the poststructuralist turn in race theory marked by the work of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Homi Bhabha and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; and, most recently, the move towards questions of biopolitics, ethnicity and neo-racism as mobilized in the work of Michel Foucault and Etienne Balibar. The chapter evaluates the significance of positing race as a negative and repressive structure while also emphasizing race’s generative function as a technology of government within modern society.
Pooja Rangan is Assistant Professor of Culture and Media in Eugene Lang College at the New School (US). She holds a PhD in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University, where her dissertation, ‘Automatic Ethnography: Otherness, Indexicality, and Humanitarian Visual Media’, was awarded the Marie L. Langlois Prize in 2012. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Camera Obscura, South Asian Popular Culture, Interventions and differences.
Rey Chow is Anne Firor Scott Professor of Literature at Duke University (US), and serves on the board of around forty journals, book series and research centres worldwide. Her scholarly writings, which have appeared in ten languages, include The Rey Chow Reader (2010) and Entanglements, or Transmedial Thinking about Capture (2012).
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