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Diren Valayden


The Dangers of Liberalism: Foucault and Postcoloniality in France


[This article is the first in a three-part Jadaliyya series that looks at Foucault's work in relationship to the legacy of French colonialism in North Africa.] “For with Napoleon’s occupation of Egypt processes were set in motion between East and West that still dominate our contemporary cultural and political perspectives.” So writes Edward Said in Orientalism regarding the Napoleonic invasion of Egypt in 1798, which he describes as “the very model of a truly ...

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Diren Valayden


Diren Valayden recently completed his doctorate in the Culture and Theory Program at the University of California, Irvine. His dissertation, "Outbreak Racism: The Embrace of Risk after Structural Racism" explored the changing dynamics of risk and race under neoliberalism. His research interests also include critical race theory, the history of the welfare-state, and theories of participation.