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Postcolonial Agency: Critique and Constructivism

Simone Bignall


This book opens up a new direction for postcolonial studies by creating concepts of agency, resistance and transformation that allow positive roles for desire and difference in the development of social forms. It argues that non-imperial concepts of selfhood, relationship and material transformation are embedded within the minor tradition of Western philosophy described by the work of Nietzsche, Bergson, Spinoza and Deleuze. The book is comprised of two sections. The first deals mainly with the task of critique and targets the reading of dialectical desire and negativity given by Kojève in his ... More

Keywords: Deleuze, postcolonial theory, postcolonial transformations, Australian colonisation, resistance, reconciliation processes, causal negativity, subjective agency, power, desire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780748639434
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639434.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simone Bignall, author