Sunday, July 26, 2009

Postcolosims and the outlaw josie whales

A need for Hegemony has created many different situations in many different societies in which one group takes power over another colonizing them using there land and goods ruling over them. This type of imperialistic society tends to fall into major or permit strife because “If while sitting in Oxford, Paris, or New York you tell Arabs or Africans that they belong to a basically sick or unregenerate culture, you are unlikely to convince them. Even if your prevail over them, they are not going to concede to you and your essential superiority” (LT 369) This kind of situation between conquers and angry conquered creates a type of critique for stories about situations like this know as post colonialism examining how when the situation changes and the colonized demand fair treatment how within the story the ex colonized are presented, How the power of the ex dominant is continued, what happens when the dominant group leaves, . A film in which deals with the many different levels of post colonialism in a country that it self had many different phases of colonialism is the Clint Eastwood film “The outlaw Josie Whales” The film takes place during the Civil War after the surrender of Josie’s confederate unit he refuses becomes an outlaw and meets different people who are displaced now by the system that of the former and current colonized such as two Native Americans and the town folks of a now dried up mining town.
As the title of the film states after the group after the surrender of the colonized are seen as out laws they are tracked down by bounty hunters and the union army. They are seen as murders and criminals not as victims of the atrocities of the war and regime change. As is the case of Josie his family is brutally murdered in a union raid of his farm and he is seeking justice for the murder of his way of life along with his family. But that changes and he becomes an outlaw murderer. This also happens to the two Native Americans he travels with. They are no longer seen as people part of a once great society but as dumb and in the case of the female native as property. An example is when a sales man is trying to sell a tonic he says “Here chief this will solve all your problems” so now the white people watching will drink it the chief responds to this with “you drink it” The second female native when we first meet her is actually being sold to a white man who proceeded to try and rape her.
The power that both sides posses but in the case of the union and government in the story is held up by two different ways within the story. The first is consent the confederates agree to surrender and give up there arms. Secondly guns once it is agreed they will no longer fight anyone who disagrees is hunted down.
“We mimic men of the New world… with its reminders of the corruption that came so quickly with it new”(LT 383) When the old regime leaves in cases like this it will lead to corruption and strife as is the case in the town the outlaws find themselves in at the end of the film. When the government there that was driven on mining gold leaves for a better mine all that is left is a few trades men a show girl and bartender. They fight among each other and have nothing to due until they begin to harbor the out laws because they bring goods a supplies to them and start to get everyone farming but they are attacked by the new union movement and troops and they are also attacked by the native Americans in the area.


  1. Like how you gesture toward the key concept of consent, and would love to see more of it. It's easy to understand dominance when that dominance is upheld with guns, etc, harder to understand how that dominance might work culturally. In this case, we might think more about how the dominant culture comes to dehumanize the native americans so that they can rationalize and 'make natural' the imbalance.