By V. Andreotti
Andreotti illustrates how postcolonial idea is utilized within the contexts of academic research/critique and in pioneering pedagogical initiatives. She offers an available and precious assessment and comparability of theoretical debates relating to reviews of Western/Northern hegemony.
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This is a book about Western representations of non-Western cultures in which Said points out the extent to which knowledge about the Orient as it was produced and circulated in Europe was an ideological necessary accompaniment of coercive power and the justifications for colonialism. Said’s text represents a decisive move forward in the transformation of how literature from the “Empire” and colonized nations was approached (Moore- Gilbert 1997). ). Loomba (1998) states that the most significant contribution of Said’s work is in the use of literary materials to discuss historical and epistemological processes.
Spivak illustrates that, in the “First World,” it reinforces Eurocentrism and triumphalism, as people are encouraged to think that they live in the center of the world, that they have a responsibility to “help the rest,” and that “people from other parts of the world are not fully global” (Spivak 2003a, 622). However, in terms of the reproduction of this ideology, for Spivak, the class culture is more important than geographic positioning: she refers to an international elite global professional class (consisting of people in or coming from the First and the Third Worlds) marked by access to the Internet and a culture of managerialism and of international nongovernmental organizations involved in development and human rights.
Being transparent means being able to “escape the determinations of the general system of Western exploitation of the Third World— in which Western modes and institutions of knowledge (such as universities and cultural theory) are deeply implicated” (Moore- Gilbert 1997, 89). Spivak suggests that progressive intellectuals representing themselves as the “saviours of marginality” and intervening “benevolently” to further the struggle of the subaltern for greater recognition and rights end up reproducing the same power relations that they seek to put an end to.