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Communicating Colonialism

Readings on Postcolonial Theory(s) and Communication


Rae Lynn Schwartz-DuPré

Uniting communication and postcolonial studies, this volume historically situates seminal essays in the field alongside new essays that aim to answer the question: «How, if at all, might communication scholars extend, or even renew, the postcolonial dialogue?»
Beginning with the premise that in the field of communication studies, postcolonial theory has declined in the wake of globalization, the primary goal of this collection is to provide space for a variety of scholars – who often do not share the same impressions of the contemporary moment – to provoke discussion and debate geared toward understanding the strengths and limitations between these two interdisciplinary fields of study. In so doing, the collection highlights themes, trends, and conflicts that appear in the scholarship produced with postcolonial communication studies.
Contents: Rae Lynn Schwartz-DuPre: Communicating Colonialism: An Introduction – Raka Shome/Radha S. Hegde: Postcolonial Approaches to Communication: Charting the Terrain, Engaging the Intersections – Rae Lynn Schwartz-DuPre: Portraying the Political: National Geographic’s 1985 Afghan Girl and a US Alibi for Aid – Marouf Hasian, Jr./Nicholas S. Paliewicz: Ornamentalism, Critiques of Orientalism, and the Rising Power of Neo-colonial or Recolonization Rhetorics – Kevin D. Kuswa/Kevin J. Ayotte: Wor(l)ds on Fire: Postcolonial Rhetorics of Violence – Derek Buescher: Exceptional Torture: Torture Imagery as Neocolonial Rhetoric – Kate Ranachan/Helen Morgan Parmett: Selling Players for Pride & Profit: Sporting Labour, Neoliberalism, and Postcolonialism in Brazil – Kent A. Ono: Wishing Colonialism Away: Avatar’s Post-colonial Fantasy – Casey Ryan Kelly: Strange/Familiar: Rhetorics of Exoticism in Ethnographic Television – Amardo Rodriguez/Devika Chawla: Family Communication in Postcolonial Discourse – Kalyani Chadha/Michael Koliska/Anandam Kavoori: Post Colonial Insights as Lens: Interrogating the Discourse of New Media Technologies – Radhika Gajjala/Dinah Tetteh/Franklin Yartey: Digital Subaltern 2.0: Communicating with, Financing, and Producing the Other through Social Media.