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Post-colonialism has emerged as an umbrella term conceptualizing processes of reconstituting economic and cultural health in the period after colonial occupation. Post-colonial theories reveal the depth of harm done by the process of creating a colony and offer models of reconstituting identity. Although many colonies freed themselves in struggles foregrounding national identity, post-colonial theorists are often dissatisfied with accepting the independent nation state as the real ending to colonialism. According to most post-colonial theories, liberation and independence are simplified political notions that do not capture the depth of the infelicitous legacy of colonial disruption.

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Post-colonialism is a way to theorize about former colonies that have become independent and ostensibly free from foreign control. After long resistance, most colonies became independent between the 1950s and 1980s. Contemporary use of post-colonial descended from its use as a neutral way...

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Wininger, K.J. (2011). Post-Colonialism. In: Chatterjee, D.K. (eds) Encyclopedia of Global Justice. Springer, Dordrecht.

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