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Colonialism

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Colonialism describes the process in which a nation-state or empire appropriates another people's labor, natural resources, and developed resources for purposes that often include territorial expansion, wealth acquisition, religious conversion, and national glory. Typically, colonialism involves members of a state that is more advanced technologically, especially in the area of weapons and naval navigation, migrating to a less technologically advanced territory. After gaining a foothold in the other territory, the colonizer uses superior military force to remove ...

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