With the ‘cultural turn’, the concept of culture has assumed enormous importance in our understanding of the interrelations between social, political, and economic structures, patterns of everyday interaction, and systems of meaning-making. In The SAGE Handbook of Cultural Analysis, the leading figures in their fields explore the implications of this paradigm shift. Addressed to academics and advanced students in all fields of the social sciences and humanities, this Handbook is at once a synthesis of advances in the field, with a comprehensive coverage of the scholarly literature, and a collection of original and provocative essays by some of the brightest intellectuals of our time.

Colonialism and Culture

Colonialism and culture

It is… too simple and reductive to argue that everything in European or American culture therefore prepares for or consolidates the grand idea of empire. It is also, however, historically inaccurate to ignore those tendencies – whether in narrative, political theory, or pictorial technique-that enabled, encouraged, and otherwise assured the West's readiness to assume and enjoy the experience of empire. (Said, 1994: pp. 95–96)

As colonialism has come to be seen as something other than just a question of economics and politics, its ‘cultural’ dimensions have come to the fore. These include not only the obvious and central issue of the cultural dimensions of colonialism as a practice, but the fact that different colonialisms have had their own cultures, the manner ...

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