Identification and Disavowal in Colonial Representations

  • Alex Padamsee


To insist upon this ‘coupling’ of ‘Mohammedan’ to ‘Anglo-Indian’ is unexceptional in the context of the theories of colonial discourse analysis inaugurated by Edward Said’s Orientalism. But it is necessary to go further than merely confirming the ‘production’ of Eastern subjects for a Western Metropolitan audience as a process of identity-formation dependent on a discourse of ‘Otherness’1 (available here, for instance, in a reading of ‘Mahommedanism’ in India as so many points of inversion between the anatomised Muslims and the inferred, integrated ideal of British Christians in India). It is necessary, rather, to begin to problematise the casual admission of identification between coloniser and colonised that, it will here be argued, directs the colonial representation of Indian Muslims.


Colonial State Ideological Language Disciplinary Power Representational Strategy Mirror Stage 
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