ABSTRACT

Whatever the nature of the 'metropolitan' academy, it continues to hold much influence over its counterparts in once-colonized societies, and this obliges us to engage with its debates. I say 'us' and 'its' because, despite the heterogeneity of and conflicts within academic structures at either end, and despite the obvious and growing overlaps between work done in 'first' and 'third' world universities and research institutions, as well as between issues of neocolonialism, racism and minority politics within Western countries, there remain important differences between them. Moreover, 'influence' does not suggest unmitigated dependence or mimicry,

From Oxford Literary Review, Special Issue 'Neocolonialism', 13, 1991, pp.164-6, 170-91.