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Postcolonizing the International brings post-colonialism directly into engagement with contemporary international studies, while at the same time reflecting back on the discourse, noting certain blindspots and shortcomings in critique. Reversing the established agenda, it begins with the position of non-European societies and the legacies of colonialism. Two companion essays on knowledge formations about the international and the changing nature of the political are followed by challenging reinterpretations of contemporary global politics focusing on race, skewed development, cultural difference, and everyday life. Individual chapters speak to the significance of consumption and commodification, the need for redirecting Western development stategies, initiatives of the Tibetan cabinet in exile, and sexuality as metaphor.

Phillip Darby is Director of the independent Institute of Postcolonial Studies based in Melbourne and a Principal Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne.

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Published: 2006
Publisher: Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press
Author: Phillip Darby (ed.)