Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963879 | Print ISBN: 9781412926942 | Online ISBN: 9781412963879| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Manuel R. Torres
Internal colonialism, a theory on race, came into popularity during the Civil Rights Movement and is used by Black activists to explain White and Black relations in the United States. Internal colonialism exemplifies a form of exploitation and disinvestment in minority racial and ethnic communities by a dominant race in the same nation. This term has also been used by Chicano activists in the United States, borrowing from Latin American theories of exploitation, and in other nations where it describes relations of domination and subordination among diverse races and ethnicities. Although this term has its critics, it is still used to explain systems of domination within regions based on racial and ethnic differences. This entry describes the concept and its use both in the United States and around the world. Traditional colonialism is conceptualized as political and economic domination by a nation over a region beyond its geographic border; those ...