Sample Philosophy Paper on Post Colonialism

Post-Colonialism

Post-colonialism is quite an interesting topic. It reminds us of the experiences of imperialism. According to Robert Young, post-colonialism is the aftermath of imperialism, he describes it as the ultimate experiences a country and the population gets after a long period of being under foreign control (Robert, 2003). The purpose of post-colonialism is to ensure the country retains its sovereignty and the citizens are able to enjoy their rights and freedom. Post-colonialism seeks to end the stereotyping that some countries cannot be independent on their own.

Colonialism is showcased from two sides, the military take cover and the civilization aspect whereby the population’s mindset and culture is dominated by foreign powers. Most under-developed countries were colonized at a certain point of their history. The colonial masters obtained cheap labor and raw materials from their colonies (Carton et al., 2009). The emancipation of colonies came in different forms including armed struggle and negotiations.  However, up to date, underdeveloped countries are still dependent on their colonies for financial support, technical expertise and even military support in times of crisis. This seems to be the new form of colonization. The gap between the rich and the poor is still widening just like the colonial-era gap between the servant and the lord.

While tourism is a chief foreign exchange earner for most developing countries, it is has adverse social-cultural effects on host countries including the perpetuation of colonial ideologies. Essentially tourism is supposed to enable people to learn and appreciate different cultures. This division has been highly contributed by the media agencies who travel around the world pretending to be tourists while in actual sense they are gathering information that ends up not representing the true cultural practices of a certain population (Teo & Leong., 2006). Many media agencies have been reported to be spreading colonial stereotypes that marginalize some nations while promoting the colonial powers. Media agencies have also been accused of doing biased photography that promotes the western nations as the best destinations hence attracting more tourists across the globe while they [portray other nations in negative light.

References

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Teo, P., & Leong, S. (2006). A postcolonial analysis of backpacking. Annals of Tourism Research33(1), 109-131.

Young, R., & Oxford University Press. (2003). Postcolonialism: A very short introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.