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

3 Colonialism, Modernity, Postcolonialism

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 subjects two of the keywords of the post-colonial lexicon, colonialism and modernity, to a close reading. Colonialism is more crucially the attempted erasure or submergence of a whole host of lifeworlds and 'unbroken traditions' that flourished in those regions until the arrival of modern Europe. Colonialism is the colonisation of the lifeworlds of the various non-European people who came under European domination. When it enters the post-colonial lexicon, it quickly acquires connotations of exoticism, untranscendable otherness, and the like, which immediately links it with a long-standing tradition of Orientalism. At the critique-of-metanarrative level, the colonial relationship between the coloniser and the colonised that is the lynchpin of post-colonialism becomes a redundancy. Post-colonial studies quietly adopt, or more likely adapt, some of the ideas of colonial anthropology, whereby pre-colonial societies have a non-exploitative, non-contradictory hierarchy until modernity comes along.

Keywords: colonialism; metanarrative; Modernity; post-colonialism



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