This lively and innovative account of both the history and key debates of postcolonialism discusses its importance as an historical condition, and as a means of changing the way we think about the world. Key concepts and issues are considered, with reference to particular cultural and historical examples, such as the status of aboriginal people, cultural nomadism, Western feminism, the innovative fiction of Garcia Marquez and Salman Rushdie, and the postcolonial cities of London, Bombay and Cairo.
The work of theorists such as Homi Bhabha, Edward Said, Frantz Fanon and Gayatri Spivak are woven into the discussion, making this fascinating subject relevant and accessible to a wider audience.
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After reading the previous review, I felt obliged to write my own review because I think some people might not understand what postcolonialism is. If you are looking for a history of post colonial states, this is not the book for you. Postcolonialism is an academic theory to describe a way of looking at the world ???after the fall of colonialism??? (I put it in quotes because this is contested and part of the postcolonial argument). According to Young, ???Postcolonialism involves first of all the argument that the nations of the three non-western continents (Africa, Asia, Latin America) are largely in a situation of subordination to Europe and North America, and in a position of economic inequality. Postcolonialism names a politics and philosophy of activism that contests that disparity, and so continues in a new way the anti-colonial struggles of the past. It asserts not just the right of African, Asian, and Latin American peoples to access resources and material well-being, but also the dynamic power of their cultures, cultures that are now intervening in and transforming the societies of the west. Post colonial cultural analysis has been concerned with the elaboration of theoretical structures that contest the previous dominant western ways of seeing things??? (Young 4). If you are looking for a book to describe postcolonial theory for a class or simply for your own curiosity, this is a good introduction to the major theories and concepts. It is a brief overview so you might want to read Robert J. C. Young???s larger book, ???Postcolonialism: An Historical Introduction,??? if you need a more in-depth discussion. Unfortunately, it is not on audible so you actually would have to read it. Young???s larger book does not have as much of the narrative qualities as this short introduction so it would not work as well on audible. Excellent narration for an academic book.
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This innovative and lively book is quite unlike any other introduction to postcolonialism. Robert Young examines the political, social, and cultural after-effects of decolonization by presenting situations, experiences, and testimony rather than going through the theory at an abstract level. He situates the debate in a wide cultural context, discussing its importance as an historical condition, with examples such as the status of aboriginal people, of those dispossessed from their land, Algerian raï music, postcolonial feminism, and global social and ecological movements. Above all, Young argues, postcolonialism offers a political philosophy of activism that contests the current situation of global inequality, and so in a new way continues the anti-colonial struggles of the past.
This is a good introduction to post-colonial thought, the experiences that has formed it, and the struggles all around the world connected to it. Not very heavy on theory, but I think the focus on the experience of subaltern people is justified and illustrates well what post-colonialism is really about: putting the experiences of the world's poorest at the center. The presentation of Fanon and Guevara and anti-colonial violence could have been more critical, but all in all this was good listening and will inspire me to read more Said, Fanon, about the Dalits in India and some post-colonial perspectives on "state building" if I can find that.
This was a non-fiction, reference text. It lays out the scope of postcolonial study in a very contextual and relevant way.
Very easy to listen to. Great grasp of names and terms quoted from sources other than the English language.
It was a great help in my post-graduate postcolonial studies.
I admit that I have only listened to half an hour of this, but I don't think I'll get much further, since I haven't learned one single thing yet, except that the author will (at some point) offer me, the listener, a "montage" and a "rough cut" and set of "snap shots" in which discourses will be reversed and The Other "will look back" at me. I had wanted a concise book overviewing the political and economic histories of post-colonial and third-world nations (which I thought was in the descriptions), but it seems that that author intends to deconstruct my first-worldly presumptions through a bit of academic impressionism, and I'm afraid I do not have time to indulge him. Sorry for such a harsh review, but I felt very annoyed by this opening, the metaphors and platitudes ticking away half an hour of my money, like a taxi driver going in circles. Some people may like this approach, so I hope others will offer contrary opinions.
Unfortunately I found this book repetitive in the extreme. The author spends far too much time conveying the reality of those living in the third world. I understand the importance of emphasizing such realities, but the level of emphasis was over the top and wasteful of valuable time which could have been spent truly elaborating history and defining issues and opportunities for global redress.
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