The SAGE Handbook of Political Sociology offers a comprehensive and contemporary look at this evolving field of study. The focus is on political life itself and the chapters, written by a highly-respected and international team of authors, cover the core themes which need to be understood in order to study political life from a sociological perspective, or simply to understand the political world. The two volumes are structured around five key areas: PART 1: TRADITIONS AND PERSPECTIVES PART 2: CORE CONCEPTS PART 03: POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES AND MOVEMENTS PART 04: TOPICS PART 05: WORLD REGIONS This future-oriented and cross-disciplinary handbook is a landmark text for students and scholars interested in the social investigation of politics.
Chapter 8: Postcolonial Theory
Postcolonialism is a critical theoretical perspective which engages with the ongoing legacies of colonialism. It is a politics and philosophy that contests the enduring disparities between formerly colonised societies and former colonising societies, continuing the anti-colonial struggles of the past. Postcolonialism is therefore rooted for many scholars in ‘third world’ struggles for decolonisation, both in a practical political sense, and in terms of ongoing decolonisations of thought, knowledge, economic power and cultural practices (Young, 2001; see also Young, 2003). In theoretical terms, postcolonialism has sought to contest dominant Western ways of viewing the world, and to challenge the assumed universalism of ideas which emerged in Europe from the 18th century to the present day. Leela ...