Developed/underdeveloped , first world/third world , modern/traditional - although there is thing inevitable, natural, or arguably even useful about such divisions, they are widely accepted as legitimate ways to categorize regions and peoples of the world. In this book, Roxanne Lynn Doty looks at the way these kinds of labels influence rth-south relations, reflecting a history of colonialism and shaping the way national identity is constructed today. Employing a critical, poststructuralist perspective, Doty examines two imperial encounters over time: between the United States and the Philippines and between Great Britain and Kenya. The history of these two relationships demonstrates that t only is the more powerful member allowed to construct reality , but this construction of reality bears an important relationship to actual practice. Doty considers the persistence of representational practices, particularly with regard to rthern views of human rights in the south and contemporary social science discourses on rth-south relations.