The missing Second World: on Poland and postcolonial studies

Marta Grzechnik


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.
Rodzaj publikacjiW druku (online first, early view)
Autor Marta Grzechnik (WF / IS)
Marta Grzechnik
- Instytut Skandynawistyki
Tytuł czasopisma/seriiInterventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, ISSN 1369-801X, (N/A 70 pkt)
Rok wydania2019
Nronline first
Objętość publikacji w arkuszach wydawniczych0.3
Słowa kluczowe w języku angielskimComplicity, Maritime and Colonial League, Poland, postcolonial studies, Second World, semi-periphery
Klasyfikacja ASJC3314 Anthropology; 1202 History
Języken angielski
Punktacja (całkowita)70
PunktacjaPunktacja MNiSW = 70.0, 30-09-2019, ArticleFromJournal
Wskaźniki publikacji Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 0.406; Impact Factor WoS: 2017 = 0.235 (2) - 2017=0.342 (5)
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