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Colonialism: Ruins

  • Sonja Boon
  • Lesley Butler
  • Daze Jefferies
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Abstract

This chapter considers the conceptual potential of ruin and ruination. Drawing on the work of Brian Dillon, Rebecca Solnit, Toni Morrison, Ann Laura Stoler, Audre Lorde, Eve Tuck and C. Ree, this chapter suggests that ruins are unsettling but also, a necessary step towards social change. Indeed, ruin’s haunted, crumbling structures—material, metaphorical, and embodied—reveal the artifice of imperial and colonial processes and practices.

Keywords

Ruin Ruination Unsettle Haunting 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sonja Boon
    • 1
  • Lesley Butler
    • 1
  • Daze Jefferies
    • 1
  1. 1.Memorial University of NewfoundlandSt John’sCanada

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