In an ideological world . . .

[I]n an ideological world . . . words rarely have unambiguous meanings, where notions are inexact, and have political value precisely because they are inexact and hence capable of suggesting a range of possible interpretations . . . . [T]his inexact world . . . of dreams and illusions . . . rules established values asserted, revolutions accomplished and states founded . . . [C]ritical viewpoint reveals that [a political revolution] . . . at the same time, and in fundamental ways, is not a revolution.

(Chatterjee 1993:vii; referenced in Spivak 2014:185)

Chatterjee, Partha. 1993. Nationalist Thought and the Colonial World: A Derivative Discourse. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty. 2014. “Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital.” Cambridge Review of International Affairs 27(1):184-203.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a website or blog at

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: