On the Postcolony

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On the Postcolony

On the Postcolony

Achille Mbembe

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS Berkeley · Los Angeles · London

studies on the history of society and culture
Victoria E. Bonnell and Lynn Hunt, Editors 1. Politics, Culture, and Class in the French Revolution, by Lynn Hunt 2. The People of Paris: An Essay in Popular Culture in the Eighteenth Century, by Daniel Roche 3. Pont-St-Pierre, 1398–1789: Lordship, Community, and Capitalism in Early Modern France, by Jonathan Dewald 4. The Wedding of the Dead: Ritual, Poetics, and Popular Culture in Transylvania, by Gail Kligman 5. Students, Professors, and the State in Tsarist Russia, by Samuel D. Kassow 6. The New Cultural History, edited by Lynn Hunt 7. Art Nouveau in Fin-de-Siècle France: Politics, Psychology, and Style, by Debora L. Silverman 8. Histories of a Plague Year: The Social and the Imaginary in Baroque Florence, by Giulia Calvi 9. Culture of the Future: The Proletkult Movement in Revolutionary Russia, by Lynn Mally 10. Bread and Authority in Russia, 1914–1921, by Lars T. Lih 11. Territories of Grace: Cultural Change in the Seventeenth-Century Diocese of Grenoble, by Keith P. Luria 12. Publishing and Cultural Politics in Revolutionary Paris, 1789–1810, by Carla Hesse 13. Limited Livelihoods: Gender and Class in Nineteenth-Century England, by Sonya O. Rose 14. Moral Communities: The Culture of Class Relations in the Russian Printing Industry, 1867–1907, by Mark Steinberg 15. Bolshevik Festivals, 1917–1920, by James von Geldern 16. Venice’s Hidden Enemies: Italian Heretics in a Renaissance City, by John Martin 17. Wondrous in His Saints: Counter-Reformation Propaganda in Bavaria, by Philip M. Soergel 18. Private Lives and Public Affairs: The Causes Célèbres of Prerevolutionary France, by Sarah Maza 19. Hooliganism: Crime, Culture, and Power in St. Petersburg, 1900–1914, by Joan Neuberger 20. Possessing Nature: Museums, Collecting, and Scientific Culture in Early Modern Italy, by Paula Findlen 21. Listening in Paris: A Cultural History, by James H. Johnson 22. The Fabrication of Labor: Germany and Britain, 1640–1914, by Richard Biernacki 23. The Struggle for the Breeches: Gender and the Making of the British Working Class, by Anna Clark 24. Taste and Power: Furnishing Modern France, by Leora Auslander

25. Cholera in Post-Revolutionary Paris: A Cultural History, by Catherine J. Kudlick 26. The Women of Paris and Their French Revolution, by Dominique Godineau 27. Iconography of Power: Soviet Political Posters under Lenin and Stalin, by Victoria E. Bonnell 28. Fascist Spectacle: The Aesthetics of Power in Mussolini’s Italy, by Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi 29. Passions of the Tongue: Language Devotion in Tamil India, 1891–1970, by Sumathi Ramaswamy 30. Crescendo of the Virtuoso: Spectacle, Skill, and Self-Promotion in Paris during the Age of Revolution, by Paul Metzner 31. Crime, Cultural Conflict, and Justice in Rural Russia, 1856–1914, by Stephen P. Frank 32. The Collective and the Individual in Russia: A Study in Practices, by Oleg Kharkhordin 33. What Difference Does a Husband Make? Women and Marital Status in Germany, by Elizabeth Heineman 34. Beyond the Cultural Turn: New Directions in the Study of Society and Culture, edited by Victoria E. Bonnell and Lynn Hunt 35. Cultural Divides: Domesticating America in Cold War Germany, by Uta G. Poiger 36. The Frail Social Body and Other Fantasies in Interwar France, by Carolyn J. Dean 37. Blood and Fire: Rumor and History in East and Central Africa, by Luise White 38. The New Biography: Performing Femininity in Nineteenth-Century France, by Jo Burr Margadant 39. France and the Cult of the Sacred Heart: An Epic Tale for Modern Times, by Raymond Jonas 40. Politics and Theater: The Crisis of Legitimacy in Restoration France, 1815–1830, by Sheryl Kroen 41. On the Postcolony, by Achille Mbembe

The introduction and chapters 2, 4, and 5 were translated by A. M. Berrett. Chapter 3 was translated by Janet Roitman and...
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