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Postcolonial and Settler Colonial Studies Offer Human Rights a Revised Agenda

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This essay puts postcolonial and settler colonial studies in dialogue with human rights imaginaries to consider what a reworked postcolonial studies can offer educational workers committed to advancing human rights, as a scholarly discipline, a politics and an engaged social practice. The paper works through this question from the perspective of a Canadian settler colonial positioning, which complicates both hegemonic postcolonial and human rights thinking. By putting these different discourses into dialogue, the essay concludes that postcolonial and settler colonial studies can offer human rights a revised framework within which to set agendas for achieving social justice in contemporary times.

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Female Genital Mutilation White People Critical Race Theory Settler Colonial Postcolonial Theory 
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