By Noah Joyce, Karen Loscocco, and Coral Kazaroff
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This podcast explores the effects of colonization, and it asks a controversial question: was British colonization as a whole more beneficial or detrimental to colonized subjects? British colonization was undeniably responsible for the destruction and reshaping of cultures in many of its colonies all around the world. Land, language, independence, freedom, and general ways of life were stripped from colonies, and they were forced to mimic the ways of their colonizer. However, simultaneously, British imperialism was responsible for the advent of modern colonial economies, new health care and education systems, and providing a language to the colonizer that even today allows them to be better connected globally with other countries in a world that is becoming increasingly English-speaking. (Of course, this very fact is due to the massive expanse of British colonization!) Hosts Noah Joyce, Karen Loscocco, and Coral Kazaroff dive head-first into postcolonial theory, drawing on examples from postcolonial literature and discussing scholarly articles written by academics. The hosts each argue their personal views on whether British colonialism was overall positive or negative for the people it affected.
This podcast draws from Brian Friel’s play Translations, Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman, and Jamaica Kincaid’s A Small Place. It also references published academic research, such as Olukunle P. Owolabi’s “Literacy and Democracy Despite Slavery: Forced Settlement and Post-Colonial Outcomes in the Developing World,” Kenneth W. Grundy’s “African Explanations of Underdevelopment: The Theoretical Basis for Political Action,” Peter Richens’s “The Economic Legacies of the ‘Thin White Line’: Indirect Rule and The Comparative Development of Sub-Saharan Africa.” Finally, this podcast incorporates ideas from postcolonial theoretical texts, including Stuart Hall’s “When Was ‘The Post-Colonial’? Thinking at the Limit,” Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth, and Homi K. Bhabha’s The Location of Culture.
*This podcast’s featured image depicts Great Britain, portrayed as a man with octopus-like arms, spreading its influence out over its many colonies. It may be found here.