The decolonization of imagination: culture, knowledge and power

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Zed Books, Mar 15, 1995 - Social Science - 246 pages
The Decolonization of the Imaginationpaves the way for a truly global cultural politics. A distinguished cast of contributors, from both North and South, looks at the relations between culture and power, domination and the imagination in a variety of contexts. Part one explores colonial imaginaries by unpacking the imageries and discourses of domination from the nineteenth century to contemporary Western images of the Middle East. Part two analyses imaginaries of cultural pluralism from the frontiers of the colonial past to contemporary Californian 'culture wars'. Part three assesses the impact of globalization on decolonizing processes. The book rejects both Eurocentrism and other forms of Western ethnocentrism as well as questioning third world cultural nationalism as a form of resistance to imperialism. A new perspective is offered, which looks beyond polycentrism towards the normalization of cultural pluralism, and a post-coloniality that transcends old North/South boundaries.

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