Sociology Index


Colonialism is a systematic negation of a nation and a furious determination to deny the people of a nation all attributes of humanity. Colonialism is political domination of one nation over another that is institutionalized in direct political administration by the colonial power. Colonialism controls all economic relationships and a systematically attempts to transform the culture of the subject nation. Colonialism usually involves extensive immigration from the colonial power into the colony and the immigrants taking on roles as landowners, business people and professionals. Cultural Colonialism leads to the foreigners' ways being regarded as the better way than previous indigenous ways.

Colonialism is a form of imperialism. Though colonialism is often used interchangeably with imperialism, the latter is often used more broadly as it covers control exercised informally as well as formally. Despite the decolonization in the 1960s-70s, former colonies still are today for the most part under strong Western influence. Critics of this continued Western influence talk of neocolonialism. The main difference between neocolonialism and internal colonialism is the source of exploitation. In the former, the control comes from outside the nation-state, while in the latter it comes from within.


The MA in Culture and Colonialism is a multi-disciplinary Masters of Arts programme. It is designed for graduates from the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. It was established to further an understanding of the meanings of ‘colonialism,’ 'imperialism,' ‘post-colonialism,’ and ‘neo-colonialism’ across a range of disciplines.

SOCIOLOGY OF COLONIALISM Sociology Dept, Binghamton University, Nigel Westmaas - Colonialism has transformed customs, traditions, and social organizations, introduced new boundaries between peoples and erased others through the institutionalization of racism and the creation of new ethnicities.
The history, theory, and practice of colonialism and neocolonialism are presented through social-science material, historical documents, literature, and film.

Colonial History: the very beginning colonialism.
Readings: Ronald J. Horvath “A Definition of Colonialism: (JSTOR) 
Doctrines of Colonialism: Assesses various definitions of colonialism and imperialism.
Colonialism and the Rise of Capitalism – European colonization of the Americas 
Reading: Jeffrey Stone, “Imperialism, colonialism & Cartography.
Colonialism and the Rise of capitalism – European colonization of the Americas.
Colonialism and the Rise of Racism: Misappropriation of knowledge
Judith Carney – “African Rice in the Columbian Exchange” (ERES)
Colonialism and the Rise of Racism.