Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters

Poststructuralism, Postcolonialism, and Education

  • Aparna Mishra TarcEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_189



Postcolonial theory coincides with radical disruptions to colonial systems of thought brought about by civil rights movements in the ‘60s in France and other Western nations. In the wake of the Shoah and liberation struggles in ex-colonial nations, French poststructuralists began a systematic critique of Western metaphysics of being and its attendant modernist operation. Poststructuralists use various means and methods to destable the assumed primacy of modern structures of language, knowledge, governance, ethics, and patriarchal social relations to unveil the hidden aims and catastrophic ends of Western ontological projects assuming a mythical superiority of European man over other beings (Derrida 1974). For Lévinas (1969), in particular, the ethno-superior subject and totalizing logics underpinning Western ontologies of being greatly inform devastating genocidal and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.York UniversityTorontoCanada