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Post-colonial studies in the metropolitan countries, emerging as it did at the end of the 1970s and consolidating itself over the next decade-and-a-half or so, would seem to coincide with, if not follow, the developments rather closely. Post-colonial studies might be most usefully located in these political, theoretical and institutional cross-currents. The result is sometimes a randomization of history, if not outright denial of the very historicity of the phenomena of post-coloniality itself. Indeed, these issues ought to be front and centre of post-colonial studies, as a means for considering not only its own trajectories but the realities of the times that have shaped the formations of fields of study. If post-colonial studies is to position itself in a 'properly oppositional role', its sympathetic critics maintain, which needs to be far more absorbed with the contemporary world, in the process of developing a 'substantive economic basis' for its critique.

Keywords: contemporary world; post-coloniality; randomization



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