- 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
Processes of globalization have had contradictory consequences in postcolonial societies, where recent neoliberal policies have exacerbated uneven development that began with colonial rule. Delineating these processes and their gendered effects in India, this chapter argues for a critical regionalism that does not take geographical units for granted. It analyses parallels between transnational alliances forged in the past and the present that have challenged (neo-)imperialist structures while also seeking just alternatives within the framework of the Non-Aligned Movement and the World Social Forum. The chapter concludes that it is urgent to re-imagine mechanisms for dispensing justice and human rights that enable the participation of, and address the needs and aspirations of, the most vulnerable citizens in the postcolonial world.
Nikita Dhawan is Junior Professor of Political Science for Gender/Postcolonial Studies and Director of the Frankfurt Research Center for Postcolonial Studies at Goethe-University Frankfurt (Germany). Her publications include Impossible Speech: On the Politics of Silence and Violence (2007) and Decolonizing Enlightenment: Transnational Justice, Human Rights and Democracy in a Postcolonial World (ed., 2013).
Shalini Randeria is Chair of the Department of Social Anthropology/Sociology at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva (Switzerland). She has been President of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) and a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study in Berlin (Germany). Her research interests are in the anthropology of law, state, globalization and social movements. Her recent publications include the edited German-language volumes Vom Imperialismus zum Empire (2009) and Jenseits von Eurozentrismus (2012).
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