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Between the Russian/Soviet dependencies, neoliberal delusions, dewesternizing options, and decolonial drives
Department of Philosophy, Institute of Social Sciences, The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Moscow, Russia.
2015 (English)In: Cultural Dynamics, ISSN 0921-3740, E-ISSN 1461-7048, Vol. 27, no 2, 267-283 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Departing from the previous tripartite post-colonial/neocolonial geopolitical structure, contemporaryworld offers a different specter of possibilities and alliances which rearrange the former actors andtheir mutual relations and (in)dependencies in unexpected ways. The most striking of such shifts isthe reemergence of Asia on a global scale within a dewesternizing model, which negotiates postcolonialand modernizing impulses at once. However, there are regions which have lost their ability(and right) to speak and think and were disqualified from the position of the honorary secondworld to that of the global South. Such are the Asian regions that used to be a colonial part of theRussian/Soviet empire. They went through a Soviet modernization which redoubled their colonialstatus due to a subalternized position of the Russian/Soviet empire itself, now going through its finaldemise. This article reflects on what options are left for the former Asian colonies of Russia/Unionof Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) which today are once again stereotyped through Orientalist orProgressivist lens, and left out by both rewesternizing and dewesternizing parties. A good optionfor them is a decolonial option grounded in restoring memories, local histories, and epistemologiesin a complex and dynamic interplay with and a resistance to modernity. As a post-Soviet anddecolonial Asian other, the author attempts a critical analysis of intersections between post-sovietand post-colonial dependencies and possible decolonizing projections that might help this other Asiaeventually join the triumphant Asian century in the capacity of one of its rightful agents.

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Sage Publications, 2015. Vol. 27, no 2, 267-283 p.
Keyword [en]
dewesternization, global coloniality, imperial difference, intersections of post-colonial and postsoviet dependencies
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Other Humanities
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-131969DOI: 10.1177/0921374015585230OAI: diva2:1034728
Available from: 2016-10-12 Created: 2016-10-12 Last updated: 2016-10-20Bibliographically approved

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