Shohat and Stam's use of "Third World"

© 1997 Anthony R. Guneratne, Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore

While sensing the inadequacy of the persistent term "Third World," even citing Aijaz Ahmad's denunciation of its totalizing generalism and Arjun Appadurai's argument for the emergence of dispersed hegemonies, Shohat and Stam choose to retain "Third World" as a point of resistance and unity, a shared struggle against neocolonial dominance ignored (or even erased) by the term post-colonial (Unthinking Eurocentrism 25-49). Note that in these pages Shohat and Stam are sufficiently conversant with the problems of "Third World" to insist on its retention only until the center of resistance can be shifted to the far more defensible terrain of "multicultural polycentrism."

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