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date: 22 February 2020

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This article looks at the relation between post-colonial theory and multiculturalism. It explains that post-colonial theory is built upon debates over the legitimacy of colonial power that stretch through the morality of European expansion and the consequent ethical and political problems associated with colonial administration. Multiculturalism, like post-colonialism, is often seen as a coded way of speaking about race and about the dangerous processes through which race becomes a matter of culture. Some of the most important and influential strains of political commentary on multiculturalism have arisen from negotiation with indigenous populations in various national states. Those debates have been focused on problems of recognition, reparation, and sovereignty.

Keywords: post-colonial theory, multiculturalism, colonial power, race, culture, indigenous population, recognition, reparation, sovereignty

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