chapter  10
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Legacies of Bandung: Decolonization and the Politics of Culture

WithDipesh Chakrabarty

The urge to decolonize, to be rid of the colonizer in every possible way, was internal to all anti-colonial criticism after the end of the First World War. Postcolonial critics of our times, on the other hand, have emphasized how the colonial situation produced forms of hybridity or mimicry that necessarily escaped the Manichean logic of the colonial encounter (Bhabha 1994). It is not only this intellectual shift that separates anti-colonial and postcolonial criticism. The two genres have also been separated by the political geographies and histories of their origins. After all, the demand for political and intellectual decolonization arose mainly in the colonized countries among the intellectuals of anti-colonial movements.