The Colonial Signs of International Relations

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Columbia University Press, 2012 - Political Science - 193 pages

Himadeep Muppidi traces the subtle influence of colonial forms of knowledge on modern schools of international relations, following the translation and transformation of this knowledge within postcolonial settings. Concentrating on the way in which individuals and institutions read their historical past in light of contemporary criticisms and concerns, Muppidi finds that certain methods for discussing or representing the colonized have become acceptable while others have been condemned. Both, however, can be equally colonial in intent and purpose, and the difference in their reception lies in the "processes of translation" that make one visible, the other invisible, and ultimately maintain the framework of a global colonial order.

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About the author (2012)

Himadeep Muppidi is associate professor on the Betty Goff Cook Cartwright Chair in International Studies, Department of Political Science, Vassar College. He is the author of The Politics of the Global and editor, with Andrew Davison, of Europe and Its Boundaries: Words and Worlds, Within and Beyond and The World is My Home: A Hamid Dabashi Reader.

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