Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

2 Situating Postcolonial Studies

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

This chapter attempts to place key terms like postcolonialism, Eurocentrism and universalism within a set of historical coordinates, linking the Indian experiences of colonialism, decolonisation and economic development to each other. The different moments of anti- and post-colonial thought constitute a broad zone of engagement that properly grounds the condition of possibility of postcolonialism. In launching this line of thought it is necessary to point out that the postcolonialism familiar to the metropolitan academy is only the latest moment, and is by no means an exclusive representation of postcolonial thought, broadly conceived, past or present. In the Indian context, colonialism in the common parlance refers to the period of British rule, which began piecemeal in the 1760s and ended formally in 1947. Often colonialism is narrowly understood to refer to the conquest by European nation states of polities located outside 'Europe'.

Keywords: colonialism; Eurocentrism; Postcolonial; universalism



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    The Postcolonial Orient — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation