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Colonialism's Culture Anthropology, Travel and Government by Nicholas Thomas

Colonialism's Culture Anthropology, Travel and Government


Colonialism's Culture Anthropology, Travel and Government by Nicholas Thomas

This book explores the perceptions of colonized populations that have developed over the course of European expansion and critically assesses different approaches to colonial representation.


a Nicholas Thomasa s book ... is at once a useful introduction to, and sustained critique of, some of the orthodoxies current where colonial and cultural studies meet.a African History a Colonialisma s Culture deserves a place in the modern critical canon alongside such classics as Johannes Fabiana s Time and the Other.a Peter Mason a There are many interesting facets to this book. To the extent that it helps lead to a honed political vision of colonial culture, and not in the opposite direction, it will make an important contribution.a Progress in Human Geography a A trenchant critique of prevailing theories of colonialism.a Environment and Planning a Bold, different and stimulating.a Yeara s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory

About the Author

Nicholas Thomas is the author of several previous books including Out of Time: History and Evolution in Anthropological Discourse (Cambridge University Press, 1989) and Entangled Objects: Exchange, Material Culture and Colonialism in the Pacific (Harvard, 1991).

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Publication date

22nd April 1994


Nicholas Thomas

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Polity Press


256 pages


Colonialism & imperialism
National liberation & independence, post-colonialism
Physical anthropology



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