Actionable Postcolonial Theory in Education (Postcolonial by V. Andreotti

By V. Andreotti

Andreotti illustrates how postcolonial idea is utilized within the contexts of academic research/critique and in pioneering pedagogical tasks. She offers an available and valuable evaluate and comparability of theoretical debates on the topic of evaluations of Western/Northern hegemony.

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Bhabha questions the premise of the very possibility of this knowledge. He questions “authentic representations” of both in the sense that any representation—is necessarily already contaminated by multiple systems of representation and, therefore, hybrid (Souza 2004, 114–15). The implication is that no representation can exist in isolation from its cultural or ideological categories— all systems of representation are imbricated in other systems of representation, and not dependent on anchored, objective external referents outside discourse—which makes the idea of authenticity indefensible.

Although seen as problematic by his critics, Bhabha’s analysis based on post-structuralism and psychoanalysis blurs the binary opposition of colonizer and colonized and constructs a robust critique of essentialism and multiculturalism, which are characteristics of mainstream discourses in education. Gayatri C. ” Chapter Three Gayatri Spivak’s Contribution and Critics Spivak is a scholar who is notoriously very difficult to define (Ray 2009). She critiques imperialism from a feminist-deconstructivist standpoint using (and being critical of) Marxism to articulate a critique that makes explicit the connections between the cultural and economic dimensions of colonialism, imperialism, and globalization.

In the next section of this chapter, I explore aspects of Edward Said’s seminal text Orientalism presented here as foundational to the postcolonial approach I adopt in this book. In subsequent chapters I explore in more detail, the works of Homi K. Bhabha and Gayatri C. Spivak in terms of their potential contributions to educational research and practice. Orientalism Foucault’s insight that knowledge is not innocent but profoundly connected with the operations of power—what he calls the “relations between discursive formations and non-discursive domains (institutions, political events, economic practices and processes)” (Foucault 1972, 162)—is what informs the text of Orientalism, Said’s first book, published in 1978.

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