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Cultures of DecolonisationTransnational productions and practices, 1945-70$
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Ruth Craggs and Claire Wintle

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719096525

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719096525.001.0001

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Reframing cultures of decolonisation

Reframing cultures of decolonisation

(p.1) Introduction Reframing cultures of decolonisation
Cultures of Decolonisation

Ruth Craggs

Claire Wintle

Manchester University Press

This chapter sets out the key arguments of Cultures of Decolonisation. It begins by exploring the existing historiography of decolonisation, before explaining the value of the interdisciplinary and transnational approach taken in the volume. It then delineates the authors’ approach to reframing the role of culture in decolonisation, highlighting three main arguments and strands of investigation. First, a claim is made for the agency of culture in a process more often understood through a political-economic lens; second, the value of focusing on the role of cultural institutions in decolonisation is emphasised; and third, the chapter contends that it is crucial to recognise the transnational and comparative character of cultures of decolonisation (and of decolonisation itself).

Keywords:   Historiography, Decolonisation, Transnationalism, Interdisciplinarity, Empire, Comparison, Institutions, Agency of culture

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