Political Theories of Decolonization: Postcolonialism and the Problem of Foundations

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Oxford University Press, Mar 16, 2011 - Political Science - 224 pages
Political Theories of Decolonization provides an introduction to some of the seminal texts of postcolonial political theory. The difficulty of founding a new regime is an important theme in political theory, and the intellectual history of decolonization provides a rich--albeit overlooked--opportunity to explore it. Many theorists have pointed out that the colonized subject was a divided subject. This book argues that the postcolonial state was a divided state. While postcolonial states were created through the struggle for independence, they drew on both colonial institutions and reinvented pre-colonial traditions. Political Theories of Decolonization illuminates how many of the central themes of political theory such as land, religion, freedom, law, and sovereignty are imaginatively explored by postcolonial thinkers. In doing so, it provides readers access to texts that add to our understanding of contemporary political life and global political dynamics.
 

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Contents

Political Theory and Decolonization
3
1 Postcolonial Political Theory and the Problem of Foundations
14
AntiImperialist Political Thought in Iran
35
Revolutions of Decolonization and Postcolonial Citizenship
55
4 Colonialism and the State of Exception
77
Land as Revolutionary Foundation
98
6 The Philosophy of Liberation
119
Gandhi and the Critique of Western Civilization
142
Notes
155
Selected Bibliography
185
Index
201
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Margaret Kohn is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. Keally McBride is Associate Professor of Politics at the University of San Francisco.

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