Internal Colonialism

Disciplines: Political Science, Sociology

Theory of the distribution of power and advantage within states.

Within apparently unified states there is a form of colonialism practised by the centre against the periphery, as for example by London and the south-east of England against Scotland and Wales.

Economic resources and power are concentrated at the center, to the advantage of which the periphery is subordinated. Culture, values, and ways of life characteristic of the center will be favored above those of the periphery, which will be dismissed as less developed.

Michael Hechter, Internal Colonialism (London, 1975)


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