James Clifford

Simon During

In essays, most of which have been collected in his The Predicament of Culture, he reads the impact of modernity not as leading to the demoralisation or "deculturation" of the colonised but as offering former tribal peoples new opportunities for improvisatory and combinatory responses and entry into the "newly traditionally meaningful in the present-becoming-future."

[From "What Was the West?: Some Relations Between Modernity, Colonisation and Writing," in Sport (4: 1990): 78.]

Postcolonial Overview New Zealand Australia