184 Pages
    by Routledge

    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    What is Colonialism? develops a clear and rigorous account of what colonialism is and how it works. It draws on and synthesizes recent work in cognitive science, affective science, and social psychology, along with Marxism and related forms of analysis.

    Hogan begins with some fundamental conceptual distinctions, such as the degree to which a group shares beliefs, dispositions, and skills versus the degree to which they share identification with a category. Building on these distinctions, he defines colonialism in terms of political, economic, and cultural autonomy, clarifying the nature of culture and autonomy particularly. He goes on to articulate an invaluable systematic account of the varieties of colonialism. The final chapters outline the motives of imperialists, differentiating these from their ideological rationalizations, and sketching the harms caused by colonialism. The book concludes by considering when, or if, one can achieve a genuinely postcolonial condition. Hogan illustrates these analyses by examining influential literary works—by European writers (such as Joseph Conrad) and by non-Europeans (such as Athol Fugard, Kamala Markandaya, and Wole Soyinka).

    This accessible and informative volume is the ideal resource for students and scholars interested in colonialism and empire.


    Prologue: Colonialism at Home and in the World

    Introduction: The Persistence of Colonialism

    Chapter 1 What is Colonialism?

    Chapter 2 What Kinds of Colonialism Are There?

    Chapter 3 What Motivates Colonialism?

    Chapter 4 What are the Results of Colonialism?

    Afterword When Does Colonialism End?




    Patrick Colm Hogan is Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor in the Department of English and the Program in Cognitive Science at the University of Connecticut, USA. His publications include The Routledge Companion to Literature and Emotion (co-edited with Bradley J. Irish and Lalita Pandit Hogan, 2022), American Literature and American Identity: A Cognitive Cultural Study from the Revolution Through the Civil War (2020), and Literature and Emotion (2018), as well as a novel treating modern colonialism, A People Without Shame (2023).

    "Erudite polymath of our time, Hogan delivers a seismic shift in our understanding of the reverberating ripples of the coloniality of power. With nimble pen and intellect, he guides us through sediments of deep time shaped by politics, economics, and culture. He reveals how the tyranny of colonialism continues to rear its ugly head today, displacing, disenfranchising, and obliterating the world’s Have-Nots at alarming rates. Critical, creative, constructive, and deeply urgent, Hogan delivers scholarly inquiry at its absolute best" - Frederick Luis Aldama, award-winning author and the Jacob & Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at UT Austin

    "Combining detailed economic analysis with social psychological and cognitive research, Patrick Colm Hogan subtly connects study of the motivations and political viability of colonialist endeavors in India, Ireland, Africa, Australia, and elsewhere with exploration of the emotional investments colonialism elicits and the rationalizing discourse that seeks to justify it. Challenging postcolonial theory that marginalizes truth claims, Hogan draws on extensive empirical evidence in fashioning innovative explanations of colonialism’s many varieties, tensions between its motivations and justifications, and assessment of its ongoing material, political, and psychological-emotional legacies." - Donald Wehrs, Hargis Professor of English Literature at Auburn University, USA

    "Patrick Colm Hogan’s characteristically rigorous book sets itself against the poststructuralist orthodoxies that have dominated postcolonial theory, paying attention to the psycho-social dynamics of group relations and their impact on the language and practice of postcolonialism. Yet it does so without ever losing sight of the political, cultural and economic dimensions of power which make colonialism an on-going reality and a root cause of injustice and violence in our contemporary world" - Peter Morey, Chair in 20th-Century English Literature, Birmington University, UK