Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters

Postcolonialism, Development, and Education

  • Dip KapoorEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_188


This entry considers the colonial contexts of development, including development as neocolonialism in the postindependence period, followed by a consideration of the role(s) of education designed for development and the attendant academic or literary postcolonial critiques of postwar development and education. Often neglected in academic postcolonial scholarship, anti-/decolonial postcolonialism emergent from the works of scholar activists and indigenous and land-based sovereignty politics and related conceptions and practices of development and education in the postcolony are also given due consideration.

Colonial Developmental Contexts and Civilizing Missions

The French Enlightenment political philosopher Antoine-Nicolas de Condorcet in his book, Outlines of a Historical View of the Progress of the Human Mind, proffered the following questions: Will all nations one day attain that state of civilization which the most enlightened, the freest, and the least burdened by...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of AlbertaEdmontonCanada