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Germane to anyone working in or around postcolonial studies, this is one of the most theoretically useful, accessible texts I ve read in the field about representational practice, epistemological control, and material practices at the end of the nineteenth century Mitchell s a pretty strict Foucauldian, which means it s a fairly top down, power oriented model of imagining cultural negotiations I find some of Foucault s acolytes often come off as both irritatingly paranoid and woefully reductioni [...]
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In Colonising Egypt, Timothy Mitchell sets out to delineate the development of a colonial order in Egypt that sought to construct a political subject who must learn that reality is simply that which is capable of representation Arguing that this process entailed the imposition of a new order onto a society that existed in a different mindset, the author highlights the ways in which these transformations were engendered, as well as their philosophical background Relying heavily on the theories of [...]
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Less about the actual colonization of Egypt and about the exploration of into the theories about what it takes to make colonization possible, and the transition to a modern capitalist society with a good dose of Foucault on the side I was incredilbly enthralled
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