1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Postcolonial Politics

ISBN 9781138944596
Published March 5, 2018 by Routledge
466 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Engagements with the postcolonial world by International Relations scholars have grown significantly in recent years. The Routledge Handbook of Postcolonial Politics provides a solid reference point for understanding and analyzing global politics from a perspective sensitive to the multiple legacies of colonial and imperial rule.

The Handbook introduces and develops cutting-edge analytical frameworks that draw on Black, decolonial, feminist, indigenous, Marxist and postcolonial thought as well as a multitude of intellectual traditions from across the globe. Alongside empirical issue areas that remain crucial to assessing the impact of European and Western colonialism on global politics, the book introduces new issue areas that have arisen due to the mutating structures of colonial and imperial rule.

This vital resource is split into five thematic sections, each featuring a brief, orienting introduction:

  • Points of departure
  • Popular postcolonial imaginaries
  • Struggles over the postcolonial state
  • Struggles over land
  • Alternative global imaginaries

Providing both a consolidated understanding of the field as it is, and setting an expansive and dynamic research agenda for the future, this handbook is essential reading for students and scholars of International Relations alike.

Table of Contents



1. Postcolonial Politics: An Introduction

- Olivia U. Rutazibwa and Robbie Shilliam

Section 1: Points of Departure

2. Introduction

3. Waiwai (Abundance) and Indigenous Futures

- Mary Tuti Baker

4. European Integration as a Colonial Project

- Peo Hansen and Stefan Jonsson

5. Securing the Postcolonial

- Pinar Bilgin

6. Social Struggles and the Coloniality of Gender

- Rosalba Icaza

7. Racism and ‘Blackism’ in a World Scale

- Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni

Section 2: Popular Postcolonial Imaginaries

8. Introduction

9. The Imperial Sociology of the ‘Tribe’

- Nivi Manchanda

10. Terrorism and the Postcolonial ‘State’

- Swati Parashar

11. The Colonial Mediterranean, Anonymity and Migration Control

- Emilio Distretti

12. Violence, Hermeneutics and Postcolonial Diplomacy

- Deep Datta-Ray

13. Arab Feminism: Between Secular and Islamic Models

-  Soumaya Mestiri

14. The Everyday Practices of Development

- Althea-Maria Rivas

15. LGBTIQ Rights, Development Aid and Queer Resistance

- Christine M. Klapeer

Section 3: Struggles over the Postcolonial State

16. Introduction

17. The State: Postcolonial Histories of the Concept

- Gurminder K. Bhambra

18. Race, Ethnicity and the State: Contemporary Quilombos in a Historical Perspective

- Desiree Poets

19. The Revolution of Smiling Women: Stateless Democracy and Power in Rojava

- Dilar Dirik

20. The Postcolonial Complex in Okinawa

- Eiichi Hoshino

21.‘Too Simple and Sometimes Naïve’: Hong Kong, between China and the West

- Xin Liu

Section 4: Struggles over Land

22. Introduction

23. 'Old wine in new bottles’: Enclosure, Neoliberal Capitalism and Postcolonial Politics

- A. Haroon Akram-Lodhi

24. Saltwater Archives: Native Knowledge in a Time of Rising Tides

- Joy Lehuanani Enomoto and D. Kealiʻi MacKenzie

25. Global Environmental Harm, Internal Frontiers, and Indigenous Protective Ontologies

- Ajay Parasram and Lisa Tilley

26. No Migration, Repatriation: Spiritual Visionings and Political Limitations of Rastafari Repatriation to Ethiopia

- Ijahnya Christian

27. Is a Decolonised University Possible in a Colonial Society?

- Andile Mngxitama

Section 5: Alternative Global Imaginaries

28. Introduction

29. Wanda’s Dream: Daoist World Politics in Five Acts

- L.H.M. Ling

30. Civilizing Process or Civilizing Mission? Toward a Post-Western Understanding of Human Security

- Giorgio Shani

31. Dialogical International Relations: Gandhi, Tagore and Self-Transformation

- Aparna Devare

32. ‘Telling a Tale’: Gender, Knowledge and the Subject in Nepal

- Rahel Kunz and Archana Thapa

33. Du Bois, Ghana, and Cairo Jazz: The Geo-Politics of Malcolm X

- Hisham Aidi

34. Blesi Doub. Heridas Dobles. Dual Wounds. Re-writing the Island

- Alanna Lockward

35. African Violet: Hybrid of Circumstance

- Denize LeDeatte

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Olivia U. Rutazibwa is Senior Lecturer in International Development and European Studies, University of Portsmouth, UK.

Robbie Shilliam is Professor of International Relations at Queen Mary University of London, UK.


"Although the format of a handbook inevitably carries with it canonical connotations, the fusion of horizons that prefiguratively mends together a world fractured by coloniality is ultimately one that carries with it a promise of a world of many worlds. That is, a postcolonial world."
Lucas Van Milders, University of Kent