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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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Bravo!! More!! More!! I want more Very Short Introductions!! Please!! They're the best!!
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.
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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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