Colonial Desire: Hybridity in Theory, Culture and Race

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Routledge, Aug 5, 2005 - Art - 256 pages
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The language of contemporary cultural theory shows remarkable similarities with the patterns of thought which characterised Victorian racial theory. Far from being marked by a separation from the racialised thinking of the past, Colonial Desire shows we are operating in complicity with historical ways of viewing 'the other', both sexually and racially.

Colonial Desire is a controversial and bracing study of the history of Englishness and 'culture'. Robert Young argues that the theories advanced today about post-colonialism and ethnicity are disturbingly close to the colonial discourse of the nineteenth century. 'Englishness', Young argues, has been less fixed and stable than uncertain, fissured with difference and a desire for otherness.
 

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Contents

1 HYBRIDITY AND DIASPORA
1
2 CULTURE AND THE HISTORY OF DIFFERENCE
27
3 THE COMPLICITY OF CULTURE
53
4 SEX AND INEQUALITY
85
5 EGYPT IN AMERICA THE CONFEDERACY IN LONDON
111
6 WHITE POWER WHITE DESIRE
133
7 COLONIALISM AND THE DESIRING MACHINE
151
NOTES
173
BIBLIOGRAPHY
197
INDEX
217

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