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Empires were maintained by ethnic soldiers that fought the colonized at the same time that they colonized themselves . . or by white women subordinating their domestic staff while they were acting out their own subordination (Pels 1997:176). We are now compelled to delineate the constituent elements of the colonizing and colonized populations, because to simply use one term or the other does not sufficiently situate their members within the economic, social, and political relations that informed their lives.
With regard to the latter, he applauds the critical self-consciousness of Maxime Rodinson and Clifford Geertz, among others (Said 1978:326–27). Thus, Said sees Orientalism as a cultural construction, derived from civil A BRIEF HISTORY OF POSTCOLONIAL THEORY 27 society rather than the state, and as a field of knowledge that cannot be relegated entirely to the realm of ideology, understood as false consciousness. Moreover, it seems that Orientalism, in his view, potentially has an internal dialectic of change, because not all of the participants in the formation of the discourse are necessarily contributing to its reproduction.
Here, I am thinking of strikes, wars, or the mobilization of resistance in the wake of some event, for instance, each of which seems to have broadly similar, underlying dynamics that are manifested differently because the historic specificity of the balance of force and the abilities of their participants to change rather than reproduce the course of events. To engage in a mutually constructive dialogue with postcolonial scholars will require archaeologists to broaden their intellectual horizons and to A BRIEF HISTORY OF POSTCOLONIAL THEORY 33 strengthen their ties with anthropology and history.