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Boryczko, M., Nowicki, T., Ciriano, E.J.G. (2023). Postcolonial Europe and Its Premises for Decolonization. In: Madew, M., Boryczko, M., Lusk, M. (eds) Decolonized Approaches to Human Rights and Social Work. Springer, Cham.


Postcolonial Europe is wracked by internal conflicts and the wake of xenophobia, modern racism, and authoritarianism that threatens democracy. The resurgence of right-wing extremism, the growth of populist-illiberal movements, and open military conflicts all pose threats to human rights and freedoms in present-day Europe. All of these symptoms are evidence that colonialism continues to play a role in influencing contemporary politics, the welfare state, and civic and social life today. The colonial matrix of power is not governed and controlled by Western Europe and the United States, and it extends in interstate, domestic, and transnational, yet still, global dimensions as world politics become more complex than centuries back. In this chapter, we provide three views of premises for decolonization: Central and Eastern European, Diasporic, and Southern European.

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