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date: 24 February 2020

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This chapter attempts to outline an account of anti-imperialist scholarship that has emerged within the humanities and social sciences, and that has subsequently been deployed by organizational theorists. The chapter begins by elaborating on postcolonialism, a tradition that analyses the experiences of colonialism as well as the resistance to it. It then discusses subaltern studies, a Gramscian reading of colonial historiography against the grain and critical transnationalism, a methodology that challenges the tendency to take the nation state as a proxy for ‘society’. Finally, the chapter discusses the emerging scholarship on political society, which attempts to theorize the actions of those subjects that do not have access to either the state or ‘civil society’. The intent of this chapter is to not only inform organizational scholars about these theories, but also to make a case for their wider use.

Keywords: postcolonialism, imperialism, subalternity, transnationalism, citizenship, Gramsci.

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