Postcolonialism is the academic study of the cultural legacy of colonialism and imperialism.
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- First we must study how colonization works to decivilize the colonizer, to brutalize him in the true sense of the word, to degrade him, to awaken him to buried instincts, to covetousness, violence, race hatred, and moral relativism; and we must show that each time a head is cut off or an eye put out in Vietnam and in France they accept the fact, each time a little girl is raped and in France they accept the fact, each time a Madagascan is tortured and in France they accept the fact, civilization acquires another dead weight, a universal regression takes place, a gangrene sets in, a center of infection begins to spread; and that at the end of all these treaties that have been violated, all these lies that have been propagated, all these punitive expeditions that have been tolerated, all these prisoners who have been tied up and interrogated, all these patriots who have been tortured, at the end of all the racial pride that has been encouraged, all the boastfulness that has been displayed, a poison has been instilled into the veins of Europe and, slowly but surely, the continent proceeds toward savagery.
- Aimé Césaire, Discourse on Colonialism (1955), as translated by Joan Pinkham (1972), pp. 35-36
- Post colonialism can be described as a powerful interdisciplinary mood in the social sciences and humanities that is refocusing attention on the imperial/colonial past, and critically revising understanding of the place of the west in the world.
- Daniel Clayton, "Chapter 18: Critical Imperial and Colonial Geographies", (2003): in Anderson, Kay, Domosh, Mona, Pile, Steve, Thrift, Nigel (eds.); Handbook of Cultural Geography. Sage, London, pp. 354–368.