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date: 13 November 2019

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This chapter argues that a ‘Third Worldism’ of a conjuncturally specific type functions as the problematic of postcolonial studies. It begins by defining ‘Third Worldism’ and distinguishing its postcolonial variant thematically and historically from the more insurgent forms associated with the great anti-colonial liberation movements of the decolonizing era, 1945-1975. It argues that the ‘thought-figure’ of 1975 is fundamental to the political imaginary of postcolonial studies, and traces the contours of postcolonialist ‘Third Worldism’ through the writings of such influential theorists as Homi Bhabha, Arif Dirlik and Robert Young.

Keywords: ‘Third World’, 1975, Cold War, decolonization, Marxism

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