Abrogation refers to the rejection by post-colonial writers of a normative concept of ‘correct’ or ‘standard’ English used by certain classes or groups, and of the corresponding concepts of inferior [...]

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A type of writing in which the settings, characters, and events stand for other specific people, events, or ideas. As a literary device, an allegory is a metaphor in which a character, place or event [...]

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"The state of being other or different"; the political, cultural, linguistic, or religious other. The study of the ways in which one group makes themselves different from others. (Source: [...]

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The ambiguous way in which colonizer and colonized regard one another.  The colonizer often regards the colonized as both inferior yet exotically other, while the colonized regards the colonizer as [...]

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Appropriation generally refers to the strategies employed by postcolonial societies and its writers and scholars that enable them to use the philosophical, linguistic, and academic tools introduced by the colonizers [...]

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Colonialism is a practice of domination, which involves the subjugation of one people to another. One of the difficulties in defining colonialism is that it is hard to distinguish it [...]

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Originally, Diaspora literally meant a "scattering" of the people and referred to the early Greek populations that scattered to colonize other territories. In the classical sense, however, after the translation [...]

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According to Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci, power (state) works either through dominance or hegemony. Dominance involves the coercive use of brute force such as the police, army, or the law [...]

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Hegemony, the dominance of one group over another, often supported by legitimating norms and ideas. The term hegemony is today often used as shorthand to describe the relatively dominant position of a particular set [...]

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