A Beginning

Planting Fields Arboretum

I’m thrilled. An excerpt from my first graduate school reading:

This book is about two competing stories that seek to explain or make sense of this historical development – the narratives of modernization and underdevelopment. It argues that neoliberal globalization is the latest intellectual heir of the first story, namely, modernization, and postcolonialism is the child of the second story, that of underdevelopment and of resistance to the story of modernization. (Krishna, pg. 2)

In a nutshell, the book argues that although globalization is a movement that is suffusing the entire world with a form of production based on free-market capitalism and an attendant ideology of individualist consumerism, postcolonialism articulates a politics of resistance to the inequallities, exploitation of humans and the environment, and the diminution of political and ethical choices that come in the wake of globalization. If neoliberal globalization is the attempt of naturalizing and depoliticizing the logic of the market or the logic of the economy, postcolonialism is the effort to politicize and denaturalize that logic and demonstrate the choices and agency inherent in our own lives. (Krishna, pg. 2)

Postcolonialism contests the claim that free-market ideology is a natural commonsense and that it produces prosperity or improved lives for all. (Krishna, pg. 3)

This domination of the West over the world in the realms of knowledge production and culture, or Eurocentrism, is an enduring legacy of colonialism, and postcolonialism argues that reversing economic domination is inextricably linked to cultural decolonization. (Krishna, pg. 4)

This couldn’t be more tailored to what I want to study!!!

Globalization and Postcolonialism: Hegemony and Resistance in the Twenty-First Century by Sankaran Krishna