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Postcolonialism by Robert J. C. Young

By Robert J. C. Young

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Like postcolonialism, anti‐colonialism was a diasporic production, a revolutionary mixture of the indigenous and the cosmopolitan, a complex constellation of situated local knowledges combined with radical, universal political principles, constructed and facilitated through international networks of party cells and organizations, and widespread political contacts between different revolutionary organizations that generated common practical information and material support as well as spreading radical political and intellectual ideas.

Young. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Published 2016 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. 2 The Politics of Postcolonial Critique but are shamelessly swindled into the bargain. These are strong words, but not adequately strong. The condition of things is the most disgraceful, the most lawless, the most inhuman, I believe that exists in the world today. … The slavery under which they suffer is an abominable, an atrocious one…. It is appalling to think of all the suffering so‐called Spanish and Portuguese civilization has wantonly inflicted on these people.

Langley 1979: 791–3) There is nothing to apologize for in the idea of cultural politics – it has always been central to the practice of liberation, and radical activists still have much to learn from its demonstrated political effectivity in developing broad‐based mass movements (Mazrui 1990). For those on the left, particularly those working predominantly from an academic context, it may seem that culturalism involves a move away from more direct kinds of political action, but there are many positive theoretical arguments to be made for it: the culturalization of academic knowledges marks a shift towards a consideration of the subjective experiences of individuals, and socialized aspirations of groups and communities, that complements the traditional modes of analysis of the political and economic systems of which they form a part.

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