Imperialism Within
Written by Sara Koopman   

Can the master's tools bring down empire?


toolboxl.gifImperialism affects “here” as well as “there”. White middle class women have historically gotten out of the home and gained more of a Self by being good helpers, classically as teachers and missionaries. In this role they consolidated empire’s power, often unintentionally. Today the good helper role is being widely used, not only by white women, to work against empire. Yet this master’s tool is toxic. It may appear to take tiles off the house, but it reinforces the systems of domination that prop up empire. Those of us who struggle against empire must also struggle against the imperialism within ourselves. This analysis of ways to decolonize solidarity work is grounded in the movement to close the School of the Americas [a U.S. army training camp] and a collaborative theorizing process with white middle class women prisoners of conscience. This work engages in altergeopolitics, working to build another world.

Sara Koopman's article has been published by ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, an free and open access journal which invites you to contribute. Click here to download the article as a pdf. PDF icon 

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