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date: 13 November 2019

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This article argues that postcolonial studies is more of an interdiscursive than a multidisciplinary field. It considers the shift from an earlier ‘text-based approach’ to a ‘cross-disciplinary, interventionist model’ in postcolonial studies and how the narrative of the field’s development might be constructed differently. It also addresses the question of interdisciplinarity in postcolonial studies by looking at different perspectives, such as Robert Young’s suggestion that the roots of postcolonial studies lie in the cultural politics of early- to mid-twentieth century political movements of decolonization. It contends that the narrative associated with the development of postcolonial studies could be one of institutionalization, specialization, and attenuation, rather than expansion. The article also analyzes the relationship of postcolonial studies with environmentalism, history, religion, and the social sciences.

Keywords: postcolonial studies, interdisciplinarity, cultural politics, decolonization, institutionalization, environmentalism, history, religion, social sciences

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