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Those who believe that contemporary 21st-century societies are still influenced by lingering colonial or imperial grammars, laws, customs, politics, or social practices are said to be united by their interest in what communication scholars call postcolonial methods, or postcolonial perspectives. Sometimes postcolonial critics who come from more humanistic backgrounds use social constructivist or deconstructivist ways of decoding these tests, whereas those who adopt more social-scientific approaches to postcolonialism use qualitative or quantitative approaches as they decode these lingering structures.

What the reader needs to keep in mind is that the “post” in postcolonial methods does not refer to the idea that colonial legacies are over but rather the opposite. For example, it was no coincidence that when Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone were faced the ...

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