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Shifting Forms of Continental Colonialism

Unfinished Struggles and Tensions

  • Dittmar Schorkowitz
  • John R. Chávez
  • Ingo W. Schröder

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Colonialism as Discourse in Social Anthropology and History

  3. The Empire’s Colonialism ‘at home’

  4. Co-Opted Elites, Local Brokers, and Go-Betweens in Nation-Building

  5. Post-Colonial Dependencies: Internal Legacies of External Colonialism

About this book


This book explores shifting forms of continental colonialism in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas, from the early modern period to the present. It offers an interdisciplinary approach bringing together historians, anthropologists, and sociologists to contribute to a critical historical anthropology of colonialism. Though focused on the modern era, the volume illustrates that the colonial paradigm is a framework of theories and concepts that can be applied globally and deeply into the past. The chapters engage with a wide range of topics and disciplinary approaches from the theoretical to the empirical, deepening our understanding of under-researched areas of colonial studies and providing a cutting edge contribution to the study of continental and internal colonialism for all those interested in the global impact of colonialism on continents.


Colonialism Continental Colonialism, Resistance and Resilience Internal Colonialism Empire- and Nation-Building Decolonization Post-Socialist Legacies Historical Anthropology Social Anthropology Shifting Forms of Continental Colonialism

Editors and affiliations

  • Dittmar Schorkowitz
    • 1
  • John R. Chávez
    • 2
  • Ingo W. Schröder
    • 3
  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for Social AnthropologyHalle (Saale)Germany
  2. 2.Southern Methodist UniversityDallasUSA
  3. 3.Department of Cultural and Social AnthropologyPhilipps University of MarburgMarburgGermany

About the editors

Dittmar Schorkowitz is a research group leader for Historical Anthropology at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and Assistant Professor at the Martin Luther University, Germany and editor of a recently published volume on ethnic diversity in Qing China (Managing Frontiers in Qing China: The Lifanyuan and Libu Revisited, 2017).

John R. Chávez is a Professor of History at Southern Methodist University, USA with a specialization in ethnic Mexicans in the borderlands of the United States. His book Beyond Nations: Evolving Homelands in the North Atlantic World, 1400-2000 (2009) deals with the broader colonial paradigm.

Ingo W. Schröder is an adjunct professor of Cultural and Social Anthropology at the University of Marburg, Germany. He has studied the colonial impact on American Indian groups of the U.S. Southwest since 1990.

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