Re-theorizing Colonial Power
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.
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