Week 4 – “Postcolonialism and Imperial Motives” Berquist

October 20, 2007

I find it interesting that we spend so much of our time struggling to define terms, whether terms describing ourselves or describing others. We like to pigeonhole everything, categorize everyone, as though reality is that neatly organized and separated. I appreciate Berquist’s reminder that the “existence of a false consciousness assumes the reality of a ‘true’ consciousness; that is, a system of thinking that actually represents reality” (87)–as though that were possible. Instead, he argues that postcolonialism is about suggesting subjective lenses that provide a positive impact. We can’t be objective, so we might as well try to be subjective in a constructive way.

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One Response to “Week 4 – “Postcolonialism and Imperial Motives” Berquist”

  1. joshuamartinez said

    Great thought here. I agree with you on our inability to be objective, so we would do well to show our positive subjective thoughts and actions.

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