We had an enquiry recently about Postmodernism which led to some productive responses. Ellen Grundy’s approach involved:
(L)ooking at representation and postcolonialism (as follows):
A research task on Gurinder Chadha and her films. How do her life and the themes of her films suggest a post colonial identity? For example Bend it like Beckham as a coming together of different ethnicities / cultures.
The classic clip of going for an ‘English’ in Goodness Gracious Me that turns representation on its head. Useful for debating how different races are treated in a postcolonial / multicultural Britain (see embedded clip below).
The BBC Asian Network radio as links to other cultures for ethnic minorities living in Britain today (also links to theory of Diaspora identities).
Source: Burton, Julia. ed. AQA Media Studies A2: Student’s Book. Cheltenham: Nelson Thornes, 2009. 61-62. Print.
Caroline Bagshaw sent in a PPT she developed to help students understand Postcolonialism. It’s an excellent intro to both postcolonialism and cultural imperialism. Caroline comments:
Export the text and you export the ideologies…
Rob Miller identified a decent scholarly article on Postcolonialism you can download as a PDF. He comments:
I teach it only at A2 with Cultural Imperialism (the cultural dominance of western economies on developing nations e.g....