Postcolonial critique, as I see it, operates with two projects and in two modes. It seeks to expose the systems of conceptualization and representation that justify and help maintain imperialist power during and after the age of colonialism; it also attempts to analyse, and provide a theoretical basis for textual and critical practices promoting cultural self-determination. To carry out this dual project, it works to uncover common elements of cultural dynamic resulting from imperialisms past and present (these elements perhaps misleadingly grouped under the term 'postcoloniality'). At the same time it inspects particular local conditions that shape decolonising practice.
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