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Postcolonialism and Mothering

  • By: Marcella Bush Trevino
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Postcolonial studies, the analysis of the experiences of individuals and nations that were formerly subjected to European colonization, emerged as an academic discipline in the 1970s. European imperial nations had colonized most of the world by the outbreak of World War I in 1914, but the European colonial empire began to disintegrate after the end of World War II in 1945.

An emphasis on the negative effects of colonization and the Eurocentric view of colonized societies is a hallmark of postcolonialism. The field of postcolonial studies encompasses a variety of subject areas, including history, literature, sociology, gender, race, ethnicity, politics, and culture. The study of indigenous women and mothers has emerged as a central point of interest among a number of postcolonial theorists and authors of ...

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