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Re-Imagining ‘Metropole’ And ‘Periphery’ In Mission History

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This chapter attempts an articulation of a very specific problematisation, that of locating the colony and metropole in mission history. As is often the case, this seems at first to be very straightforward, but author argues that it is far more complex than most of our models and understandings allow for. The chapter begins by problematising the use of the language of metropole and periphery. It then suggests a possible way of re-examining what one might think of in relation to metropole and periphery by using Michel Foucault's concept of heterotopias. The chapter offers some thoughts on how these ideas might be used further. The notion of centres - or metropoles - and peripheries is one that has long driven much of colonial and postcolonial scholarship.

Keywords: heterotopias; metropole; Michel Foucault; mission history; peripheries



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