The commitment to theory

Summer 1988

Inspired by a conference discussion on Third Cinema at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Bhabha discussing the relationship between politics and theory, contesting the notion that theory must be seen as inherently Western. His wide-ranging analysis takes in Anglo-American neo-imperialism, John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty, the miners’ strike of 1984-5, religious texts, qualities of language and ideas of cultural diversity and difference, and he engages with work by Stuart Hall and Franz Fanon.

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