“Upside down decolonization” in subnational island ...



Title “Upside down decolonization” in subnational island jurisdictions: questioning the “post” in postcolonialism
Author(s) Godfrey Baldacchino
Journal Space and Culture
Date 2010
Volume 13
Issue 2
Start page 188
End page 202
Abstract Most subnational (and mainly island) jurisdictions around the world today are actively conspiring in the dogged pursuit of protracted and extended colonial relationships—what is referred to as “upside down decolonization”—rather than aspiring to full independence. Various metropolitan powers are also discovering that island territories can be excised and rejigged as jurisdictional enclaves, able to perform (and get away with) exceptional functions. These can range from detention centers to low-tax regimes, from military bases to exclusive processing zones. In spite of the lingering rhetoric about the virtues of sovereignty, these “infinite pauses” in decolonization call for a more adequate conceptual assimilation within postcolonial theory.
DOI 10.1177/1206331209360865

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