Decolonizing Development: Colonial Power and the Maya by Joel Wainwright

By Joel Wainwright

Winner of the 2010 James M. Blaut Award in attractiveness of leading edge scholarship in cultural and political ecology (Honors of the CAPE forte staff (Cultural and Political Ecology)) Decolonizing improvement investigates the methods colonialism formed the fashionable global via examining the connection among colonialism and improvement as varieties of energy. in line with novel interpretations of postcolonial and Marxist idea and utilized to unique learn facts Amply supplemented with maps and illustrations An fascinating and worthy source for students of postcolonialism, improvement, geography, and the Maya

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By Joel Wainwright

Winner of the 2010 James M. Blaut Award in attractiveness of leading edge scholarship in cultural and political ecology (Honors of the CAPE forte staff (Cultural and Political Ecology)) Decolonizing improvement investigates the methods colonialism formed the fashionable global via examining the connection among colonialism and improvement as varieties of energy. in line with novel interpretations of postcolonial and Marxist idea and utilized to unique learn facts Amply supplemented with maps and illustrations An fascinating and worthy source for students of postcolonialism, improvement, geography, and the Maya

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In this way may we discern capitalism qua development as an object for postcolonial Marxism. ’’56 I will return to territory in a moment; here, I only note that whereas Marxism could be said to have been founded as a critique of capital as a social relation, postcolonialism emerges from the ruins of national territorialization. As Chatterjee explains: ‘‘Nowhere in the world has nationalism qua nationalism challenged the legitimacy of the marriage between Reason and capital. Nationalist thought .

In so doing I hope to extend the Marxist and postcolonial theoretical purview to consider the colonialismdevelopment problematic within a stronger philosophical register. The object of research is therefore not development discourses, but capitalism qua development. 83 I employ spacing as a name for a mode of reading that calls into question the spatial-ontological thematization of the objects or elements that define a text or discourse. This mode of reading is one that examines the constitution of spaces and highlights the ways spatiality makes possible the work of a text; in other words, it calls into question the ontological productivity of the text’s particular spatiality.

E. historical, constructions, because outside real history any point on the earth is East and West at the same time. 68 Note that the claim is emphatically not that the real world does not exist. Gramsci accepts, of course, that East and West stand in a material relation to the diurnal rotation of the Earth vis-a`-vis the sun. ’’ The broader point is that there are no geographical concepts, terms, or metrics – including territory, scale, nature, or place – that stand outside of language, history, and politics.

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