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p. 91. Subaltern knowledgelocked

  • Robert J. C. Young


‘Subaltern knowledge’ explains how the terms ‘tricontinental’ and ‘third world’ retain their power because they suggest an alternative culture, an alternative ‘epistemology’, or system of knowledge. Most of the writing that has dominated what the world calls knowledge has been produced by people living in western countries in the past three or more centuries. Postcolonialism, or tricontinentalism, begins from its own knowledges, many of them more recently elaborated during the long course of the anti-colonial movements. It is a general name for the insurgent knowledges that come from the subaltern and the dispossessed, and that seek to change the terms and values under which we all live.

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