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Postcolonial Representations of Women

Critical Issues for Education

Bailey Jones, Rachel

2011, VIII, 236 p.

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  • Combines postcolonialism, feminism, and pedagogy in an accessible manner
  • Examines both official school-based colonial education and the unofficial colonial curriculum of the media and popular culture
  • Presents contemporary art as a foundation for postcolonial pedagogy

In this accessible combination of post-colonial theory, feminism and pedagogy, the author advocates using subversive and contemporary artistic representations of women to remodel traditional stereotypes in education. It is in this key sector that values and norms are molded and prejudice kept at bay, yet the legacy of colonialism continues to pervade official education received in classrooms as well as ‘unofficial’ education ingested via popular culture and the media. The result is a variety of distorted images of women and gender in which women appear as two-dimensional stereotypes.

The text analyzes both current and historical colonial representations of women in a pedagogical context. In doing so, it seeks to recast our conception of what ‘difference’ is, challenging historical, patriarchal gender relations with their stereotypical representations that continue to marginalize minority populations in the first world and billions of women elsewhere. These distorted images, the book argues, can be subverted using the semiology provided by postcolonialism and transnational feminism and the work of contemporary artists who rethink and recontextualize the visual codes of colonialism. These resistive images, created by women who challenge and subvert patriarchal modes of representation, can be used to create educational environments that provide an alternative view of women of non-western origin.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » art - colonialism - education - feminism - gender - non-western women - postcolonial - race - representation - sexuality - transnational feminism - visual codes - women

Related subjects » Education & Language - Personality & Social Psychology

Table of contents 

Introduction.- Development of Feminist Postcolonial Theory.-Histories of Dominance, Colonialism, and Globalization.- Distorted Visions: Ethnocentric Forms of Education.- History of the Visual Regime.- The Gendered Subject/Object in Popular Culture.- Case study: the veiled women in the visual imagination of the west.- Possibilities for subverting the dominant visual regime.- Creating Postcolonial Visual Pedagogy.- References.

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