A Colonialism of the Mind
A review of the experience of Canadians in Somalia as an example of the epistemological structures that shape our understanding of the world around us.
# 90781 | 2,475 words | 5 sources | 2006 |
Published on Dec 01, 2006 in Canadian Studies (Misc.) , Canadian Studies (Military, Peace-Keeping) , Sociology (General) , International Relations (General)
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This essay interrogates the question of whether our academic study at York University of the politics of continental risks reproducing the processes of recolonization of the global South. The Canadian experience in Somalia is cited as an example of the critical necessity to look beyond our good intentions as Canadians, and to interrogate the epistemological structures that shape our understanding of the world around us.
From the Paper:"The final decade of the 20th century opened as one of the most dramatic, and promising decades in recent human history. The Cold War was officially over; the "good guys" had won and the Soviet "evil empire" was on the verge of collapse. In South Africa the long-enduring abomination of apartheid was coming to an end, and Nelson Mandela was freed to near-universal acclaim. The United Nations had become important as never before in resolving conflicts around the world, and its peacekeeping forces - to which Canada was a leading contributor - had earned the respect of much of the world."
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