Understanding Contemporary Society: Theories of the Present is a comprehensive textbook to guide students through the complexities of social theory today. Over 30 chapters, written by an international team of contributors, demonstrate clearly the practical applications of social theory in making sense of the modern world. Students are both introduced to the most significant theories and guided through the major social developments which shape our lives. Key features of the book are: clearly structured and readable prose; bullet pointed summaries and annotated further reading for each topic; makes complex issues accessible to undergraduates; focuses on relevance and practicality; chapter lay-out which is ideal for t

Post-Colonialism and Beyond

Post-colonialism and beyond


Theories of the post-colonial in the sense in which the term is used today arose in the late 1980s and early 1990s, under the strong (but not exclusive) influence of a group of Indian intellectuals, often working in major universities outside of India (Bhabha, 1994; Chatterjee, 1986; Prakash, 1990, 1995). Unlike many other theoretical constructs, this one therefore has the distinction of not only being elaborated for the developing world but of being largely the theoretical product of developing country intellectuals themselves, albeit largely from a single part of the developing world and usually ‘travelling’ in the West.

Post-colonial theory sought to capture the peculiar situation of the developing world at this juncture – a period of dramatic political changes in ...

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