Reflecing on the connections between colonized and postcolonized: Robbie Shilliam, ‘On Africa in Oceania: Thinking Besides the Subaltern’, Theory, Culture & Society, 2016
Abstract: In this text, written in relation to my book The Black Pacific, I introduce the connections of the Black Pacific, especially those by which Māori and Pasifika struggles against land dispossession, settler colonialism and racism connect with the struggles of African peoples against slavery, (settler) colonialism and racism. Sociologically, historically and geographically speaking, these connections between colonized and postcolonized peoples appear to be extremely thin, almost ephemeral. But those who critically cultivate these connections know otherwise. In addressing how they might know otherwise, the text addresses the need for critical theory to account in good faith for its reproduction of colonial knowledge structures.
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