- 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 analyses the Pacific, understood here as a cluster of island communities that includes Australia and New Zealand, as a cross-cultural space in which questions of regionalism, globalization, settlement (in terms of both national identities and indigenous presence), and multilingualism produce a uniquely contested collection of cultures. The Pacific Ocean was central to European formations of modernity from the eighteenth century onwards, and its subsequent history has made it a quintessentially postcolonial space. The chapter addresses the central issues that dominate the region, from the islands as a site of adventure to the politics of indigenous claims, and from tourism to nuclear testing. Although generalizations about so vast a territory are by definition difficult, the various manifestations of politics, society and culture produced in the Pacific provide a vibrant example of the postcolonial in action.
Michelle Keown is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh (UK). She is the author of Postcolonial Pacific Islands Writing: The Postcolonial Literatures of Aotearoa/New Zealand and Oceania (2007) and co-editor of Comparing Postcolonial Diasporas (2009).
Stuart Murray is Professor of Contemporary Literatures and Film at the University of Leeds (UK), where he is also Director of the multidisciplinary Leeds Centre for Medical Humanities. His postcolonial research interests are in the cultures of encounter and settlement in New Zealand and the Pacific, and he has written and edited four books on New Zealand literature and film.
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