Thu, Sep 24

POL 389-800, Security Studies
SUNY Oswego | Fall 2020
Dr. Craig Warkentin


  • Ch. 9, Postcolonialism (Laffey & Nadarajah, 126-143)


  • Articulate the main assumptions of postcolonialism
  • Explain how postcolonialism conceptualizes security
  • Describe postcolonialism's prescription(s) for security
  • Contrast postcolonialism to other covered approaches


  • epistemic violence (129)
  • Eurocentrism (127)
  • imperialism (127)
  • material violence (129)
  • NPT (139)
  • postcolonial critique (128)
  • poststructuralism (131)
  • structural violence (129)

Questions (142)

  1. What is Eurocentrism and why is it a problem?
  2. What does it mean to say that from a postcolonial point of view international relations is a "thick space"?
  3. What is the colonizer's view of the world and what are its implications?
  4. What is the relationship between culture and imperialism according to postcolonialism?
  5. What is the subaltern and why is it significant to postcolonialism?
  6. What is Orientalism?
  7. What is Occidentalism and how does it relate to a postcolonial analysis of world politics?
  8. What is a contrapuntal analysis and how does it enable a postcolonial critique of security studies?
  9. What does it mean to decolonize security studies?
  10. Can there be a postcolonial security studies?