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Jyoti Hosagrahar

In: The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory

Chapter 3: Interrogating Difference: Postcolonial Perspectives in Architecture and Urbanism

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Interrogating Difference: Postcolonial Perspectives in Architecture and Urbanism
Interrogating difference: Postcolonial perspectives in architecture and urbanism
JyotiHosagrahar
Introduction

Postcolonial perspectives in architecture and urbanism offer ways of thinking about built form and space as cultural landscapes that are at once globally interconnected and precisely situated in space and time. With intellectual roots in the struggles against Western European colonization of Asia and Africa in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, much of the scholarship has focused on the global South that has been disdained or marginalized in received literature. Postcolonial thought questions the dominance of universalizing paradigms and simplistic categorizations in conventional scholarship in architecture and urbanism focused on Western Europe and North America. Dichotomies such as those between West and non-West, traditional and modern, have persisted as ...

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