published in Catalyst
Edward Said's famous book "Orientalism" posited that there were two critical relationships between Western imperialism and its justifying discourse. The first is that the discourse was a "rationalization" for colonial rule, meaning that once rule was established, its cultural acceptance throughout society was rationalized to maintain power. The second argument is that the "cultural conditions" of the West were a direct cause of colonialism. In this article, Chibber looks to refute the second argument, claiming that the theory of political economy, not that of culturalism, is the correct one to explain Western colonialism.
164 days ago