Education, Decolonization, and Development: Perspectives from Asia, Africa, and the Americas

Feb 15th, 2010 | By | Category: 21-3: Tribal College Faculty, Spring 2010, Media Reviews

Edited by Dip Kapoor
Sense Publishers, Rotterdam (2009)

Review by Michael W. Simpson

EDUCATION, DECOLONIZATION AND DEVELOPMENTThe editor, Dip Kapoor, has collected a wonderfully diverse set of writings that reminds us of the local struggle within the global context of the neocolonial, imperialistic project often referred to as globalization. As Native Nations struggle with so-called development, important questions must be asked about reproducing forms of exploitation.

Kapoor informs us of indigenous movements in India, which have largely been ignored. Readers can learn about social movement education and the decolonization of physical space despite unclear legal situations. Ali Abdi reminds us of the importance of indigenous languages and orality in discussing and determining development.

Barua provides insights into the nature of Buddhism and education in Bangladesh. The examination by Norget of “indigenous theology” in Mexico provides insights into how colonial thinking is entrenched even within more enlightened approaches. Choudry connects the colonial discourse of past to current discourse, especially in New Zealand.

For many, the last chapter by Teresa Strong-Wilson makes the book worthy of purchase even if it stood alone. This chapter helps those interested in helping white teachers to “get it”. The research used teacher literature circles, autobiography, and counter narratives so white teachers could deal with their entrenched world views.

Michael W. Simpson J.D. M.Ed, is a teacher, attorney, and social justice advocate currently residing in Tucson, AZ. He currently is analyzing high school curriculum using various discourse and linguistic frameworks to explore treatment of American Indian peoples. He can be reached at

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