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Homi K Bhabha: Why we need a new, emotive language of human rights

The theorist and author of The Location of Culture on the uses of the imagination in times of political crises—and why we need to bring the language of emotion into our discussions of human rights

By Rebecca Liu  

The leading postcolonial theorist Homi K Bhabha is indelibly associated with specific words. There is his notion of cultural hybridity, the idea that world cultures do not appear fully formed and distinct, but are in fact malleable entities endlessly being shaped. Then there is mimicry, his idea that during imperial times the colonised subject was drawn to mirror the customs…

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