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Scientific Colonialism: The Eurocentric Approach to Colonialism

  • Sandew Hira

Abstract

A distinctive feature in the rise of colonialism was the transformation of knowledge production from Theology to science. Knowledge production went from an exercise in search for the truth in the Holy Script to a discovery of the laws of nature and society and man’s ability to understand these laws. But when it comes to understanding the ‘laws’ that govern human societies a new problem arises: is knowledge production a matter of searching for the truth or preventing the truth from being discovered? This question becomes relevant when science tries to deal with colonialism and tries to understand the nature of that peculiar system. Is knowledge production regarding colonialism science or ideology? Is it a discovery into the nature of social development or an attempt to prevent such a discovery? In this chapter, I argue that a major school in Social Sciences in the study of colonialism is to be regarded as ideology rather than science.

Keywords

Indigenous People Knowledge Production Race Relation Altered Race Evil Force 
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