By V. Andreotti
Andreotti illustrates how postcolonial conception is utilized within the contexts of academic research/critique and in pioneering pedagogical tasks. She offers an available and helpful evaluate and comparability of theoretical debates concerning evaluations of Western/Northern hegemony.
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Ashcroft et al. (2000) point out that mimicry exposes a crack in the certainty of the colonizer of the validity of the right to control of the behavior of the colonized Other: “Mimicry reveals the limitation in the authority of colonial discourse, almost as though colonial authority inevitably embodies the seeds of its own destruction” (140). In dealing with the fear created by mimicry, according to Bhabha, colonial authority is essentially dependent on the notion of “fixity” in the ideological construction of Otherness, a process that defines racial differences and produces the colonized as entirely knowable, unchangeable, and predictable.
2 He claims that Orientalism turned the lights of the sixteenth and the seventeenth centuries off and re-defined Europe in time and space: the eighteenth century, the emergence of the nation-state after the French Revolution and the colonization of Africa and Asia. But of course, coloniality linked to Orientalism is only a part of the problem. The rules of the game had already been established by then. ) emerged in the conceptual map of Christian cosmology and in the commercial map of mercantile capitalism.
It has also neglected to address sympathetically the historical, cultural and political alterity, or difference, of the colonial world and, in so doing, it has relinquished its potential to appeal to postcolonialist thought. , Spivak 1990). Both strands share a critique of colonial and imperial relations, but they propose different solutions to the problem of cultural supremacy. The first deploys concepts of emancipation and humanism to propose a teleological change in history based on liberation from and transcendence of colonial relations, where the oppressed and their subjugated knowledges (rather than the oppressors’) would hold the key to a better society.
Actionable Postcolonial Theory in Education by V. Andreotti