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Collaborative Colonial PowerThe Making of the Hong Kong Chinese$
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Wing Sang Law

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099296

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099296.001.0001

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Re-theorizing Colonial Power

(p.199) Conclusion
Collaborative Colonial Power

Law Wing Sang

Hong Kong University Press

This section argues that to reject historicism, the binary schema in colonial study as well as the associated location reductionism in colonial and post-colonial analysis involves a dual task: (a) revisiting the nature of colonial power prior to assessing or presuming any structure of colonial domination; (b) refusing the dialectical structure of colonialist and nationalist discourses which treat space merely as a passive particularity that specifies and fragments the universal progression of history. Therefore, a re-theorization of colonial power as a power of space is called for. It further argues that there is no better place to start re-theorizing colonial power than the teachings of Foucault. It explains that this book shows how Chinese collaboration and colonialism mutually intertwined and conditioned each other in and around Hong Kong.

Keywords:   historicism, colonial study, colonial power, nationalist discourses, space, Foucault, Chinese collaboration, Hong Kong

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