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The Complex of IR -The Faulty Epistemology of Dom Ir Discourse - Mapping Memories Beyond the Nation-State

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As the Fourth coup rages on in the Fiji Islands—a place emulated as paradise in the colonial European imagination—the international community can only demand the restoration of democracy and order in the country. Historical memories of a British colonialism that brought Indians to Fiji as indentured labors and proceeded to construct a ‘museum’ for the Euro-American imagination that led to such tumultuous conditions in Fiji are conveniently cast aside. These memories, histories beyond the Western construct of the nation-state, histories of colonialism, are also missing from dominant IR discourse. The memories and histories of peoples outside Europe and the United States are made marginal in an International Relations that claims hegemony over the global but provides little opportunity structure to wrestle with matters that transcend great power security and economic relations. The case of Fiji serves as an example of a ‘postcolonial’ nation-state that current IR theory cannot offer much support to since it has a colonial epistemology, shackled and bounded within the confines of the Western-constructed nation-state system. We propose decolonizing IR where the voices and histories so missing to IR, but so crucial to the production of the local, the national and therefore, global, are put back on the agenda, which makes for more responsible scholarship.

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history beyond the nation, decolonizing international relations, fiji, mapping memory
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Lal, Prerna. "The Complex of IR -The Faulty Epistemology of Dom Ir Discourse - Mapping Memories Beyond the Nation-State" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association 48th Annual Convention, Hilton Chicago, CHICAGO, IL, USA, Feb 28, 2007 <Not Available>. 2016-06-08 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p178881_index.html>

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Lal, P. , 2007-02-28 "The Complex of IR -The Faulty Epistemology of Dom Ir Discourse - Mapping Memories Beyond the Nation-State" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association 48th Annual Convention, Hilton Chicago, CHICAGO, IL, USA Online <PDF>. 2016-06-08 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p178881_index.html

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Abstract: As the Fourth coup rages on in the Fiji Islands—a place emulated as paradise in the colonial European imagination—the international community can only demand the restoration of democracy and order in the country. Historical memories of a British colonialism that brought Indians to Fiji as indentured labors and proceeded to construct a ‘museum’ for the Euro-American imagination that led to such tumultuous conditions in Fiji are conveniently cast aside. These memories, histories beyond the Western construct of the nation-state, histories of colonialism, are also missing from dominant IR discourse. The memories and histories of peoples outside Europe and the United States are made marginal in an International Relations that claims hegemony over the global but provides little opportunity structure to wrestle with matters that transcend great power security and economic relations. The case of Fiji serves as an example of a ‘postcolonial’ nation-state that current IR theory cannot offer much support to since it has a colonial epistemology, shackled and bounded within the confines of the Western-constructed nation-state system. We propose decolonizing IR where the voices and histories so missing to IR, but so crucial to the production of the local, the national and therefore, global, are put back on the agenda, which makes for more responsible scholarship.


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