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The formation of postcolonial theory

Lazare S. Rukundwa, Andries G. van Aarde
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 63, No 3 | a237 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v63i3.237 | © 2007 Lazare S. Rukundwa, Andries G. van Aarde | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 May 2007 | Published: 07 May 2007

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Lazare S. Rukundwa, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Andries G. van Aarde, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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The purpose of this article is to outline certain options and struggles, which gave rise to postcolonial theory. The author deals with various experiences of anti-slavery and anti-colonial movements in Western and tricontinental countries, comprising the development of postcolonial theory. It is argued that postcolonial theory provides a means of defiance by which any exploitative and discriminative practices, regardless of time and space, can be challenged. The article consists of a section in which terminology is clarified, secondly a discussion of the elements that functioned as justification of the formation of postcolonial theory, namely a humanitarian, economic, political, and religious justification. The role of feminism and anti-colonialism is discussed in the third instance, followed by a reflection on the concept “hybrid identities”.


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