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Postcolonial Agency

Critique and Constructivism

Simone Bignall

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With particular reference to Deleuze, and drawing on Spinoza, Nietzsche and Bergson, Simone Bignall attends to a minor tradition within Western philosophy to argue that a non-imperial concept of social and political agency and a postcolonial philosophy of material transformation are embedded within aspects of poststructuralist social philosophy.

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Contents

Introduction
I:Critique
1. The Problem of the Negative
2. Postcolonial Appropriations
3. The Problem of the Actual
II:Constructivism
4.Power/Desire
5.Subjectivity
6.What is 'Postcolonial'?
Conclusion: Postcolonial Agency
Bibliography
Index.

About the Author

Simone Bignall is an adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of History and Philosophy at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. She has published widely on issues concerning colonialism and postcolonialism. She is the author of Postcolonial Agency (2010) and the co-editor, with Paul Patton, of Deleuze and the Postcolonial (2010), both published by Edinburgh University Press.

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