The missing Second World: on Poland and postcolonial studies

Marta Grzechnik

Abstract

This essay aims to place Poland in the field of postcolonial studies. Its point of departure is the problematic place of the so-called Second World within the field of postcolonial studies: as a region which is for the most part absent from it, but which can be considered both in terms of being a victim and perpetrator, or at least as complicit in the system of global colonialism. This comes from the region’s semi-peripheral position, which locks it between aspirations of joining the core – the First World – and fear of falling to the peripheral position of the Third World. Poland, an example of a Second World country, is also implicated in the European system of colonialism and imperialism in a number of ways. It can be considered a victim of its neighbours’ (Germany and Russia/the USSR) imperialism, and mechanisms of orientalization and “othering” coming from Western Europe. However, it can also be considered a colonizer in its own Eastern borderlands, and complicit in European overseas expansion as a nation sharing in the European “colonial mind”, reproducing its hierarchies and stereotypes, for example in literature and science.
Publication typeIn press (online first, early view)
Author Marta Grzechnik (FL / ISS)
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- Institute of Scandinavian Studies
Journal seriesInterventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, ISSN 1369-801X, (N/A 70 pkt)
Issue year2019
Noonline first
Pages1-1
Publication size in sheets0.3
Keywords in EnglishComplicity, Maritime and Colonial League, Poland, postcolonial studies, Second World, semi-periphery
ASJC Classification3314 Anthropology; 1202 History
DOIDOI:10.1080/1369801X.2019.1585911
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)70
ScoreMinisterial score = 70.0, 30-09-2019, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 0.406; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 0.235 (2) - 2017=0.342 (5)
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