Ideal as an introduction and as a quick reference, Key Concepts in Critical Management Studies explores the essential concepts used within the field today. Specially edited and written by a range of international experts, key ideas are succinctly explained and illustrated beyond a simple definition. Further reading suggestions and cross-referencing provide the reader with means to develop their knowledge further.

With over 50 entries, from Actor Network Theory to Utopianism, readers have instant access and explanation of the most influential concepts in CMS literature. Clear and engaging, this will provide strong support for all courses involving critical management and is a perfect resource for anyone with an interest in this field.

Colonialism and Postcolonialism

Colonialism and postcolonialism
GavinJack and RobertWestwood

Definition: Colonialism is the control or rule of a country or territory by another country or territory, usually through direct physical settlement and establishment of a colony, and associated forms of cultural, political and economic governance. Postcolonialism is a broad theoretical perspective for investigating the varied historical effects, contemporary legacies and changing forms of colonialism and imperialism.


Despite enormous historical and locational variation, the term ‘colonialism’ is most often used today in relation to the imperialist expansion of a number of European countries from the fifteenth century onwards. Colonialism typically involved the physical settlement of overseas territories by these countries. However, the variety of colonial regimes, the differing scale and types of colonial settlement, and the changing nature of ...

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