Michel Foucault and Our Postcolonial Time



This chapter explores how Foucault and his works have come to influence the understanding of the postcolonial subjects in India, which refers to both a time and a place. The chapter observes, ‘ours is not Foucault’s time’, highlighting the difference between the stand and stake of Foucault and that of the postcolonial time, place and structure of thought. In this context, the article further notes that the conditions in which the anticolonial politics and the anticolonial and postcolonial critique took shape were akin to the situation when Marx had to disconnect the ties with philosophy in order to understand and change the reality dominated by the capitalist order. The author writes that with globalization, the colonial problematic has made a return today. In this perspective, it will be interesting to note as to how various postcolonial scholars have adopted their modes of inquiry – taking something from Foucault and adding something of their own in order to understand the reality critically. The author concludes that, perhaps, Foucault’s impact on postcolonial thought in India has to be seen therefore not merely as a matter of discursive development but in the historico-political lens of anticolonial thought.


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