Beyond Dichotomies: Histories, Identities, Cultures, and the Challenge of Globalization [NOOK Book]

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Beyond Dichotomies examines literary texts, cultural production, and concrete local practices within the context of modernity and globalization by focusing on the ways in which some societies confront the complexity of cultures reflected in new forms of knowledge, narratives, and subjectivities. The contributors explore how particular societies negotiate the relations between the global and the local, and use a geographical, comparative perspective combined with an interdisciplinary approach to offer a diversity ...
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Beyond Dichotomies: Histories, Identities, Cultures, and the Challenge of Globalization

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Overview

Beyond Dichotomies examines literary texts, cultural production, and concrete local practices within the context of modernity and globalization by focusing on the ways in which some societies confront the complexity of cultures reflected in new forms of knowledge, narratives, and subjectivities. The contributors explore how particular societies negotiate the relations between the global and the local, and use a geographical, comparative perspective combined with an interdisciplinary approach to offer a diversity of views and illuminate the cultural impact of globalization on different societies around the world: Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. These societies face complex questions regarding people's histories, identities, and cultures that embody the ambivalence, contradictions, and anxieties generated by the process of globalization. The contributors provide a compelling conclusion for a rethinking and reconfiguration of cultures and intercultural relations in today's global world in which dichotomized representations coexist with a discourse of globalization.
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Editorial Reviews

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While the book offers a critical retrospective appraisal, it is also a reminder of the valuable perspectives and analytical tools that postcolonial studies have offered.— H-Net Reviews (H-Gender-MidEast)

"Culture is taken here in a very inclusive sense to denote not only ways of living, doing, and forms of expression, but also to designate the responses associated with the sociological determinations of race, gender, and class. The book examines how these and other points of reference affect the relations between peoples and individuals across cultures and geographical boundaries."— F. Abiola Irele, Ohio State University"
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Originating from a 1998 Stanford University conference of the same name, this volume explores how local communities negotiate the cultural impact of globalization. Mudimbe-Boye (French and comparative literature, Stanford U.) presents 12 papers that discuss the persistence of dichotomies of colonizer/colonized, center/periphery, local/global, premodernity/modernity, and similar examples in the face of the supposed homogenizing force of globalization. Representing a range of approaches and viewpoints the papers reflect on power-based binaries, questions of places and the construction of new identities, and the possibilities of moving beyond dualist representations of social reality Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791488553
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 621 KB

Meet the Author

Elisabeth Mudimbe-Boyi is Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Stanford University and the author of L’Oeuvre romanesque de Jacques-Stephen Alexis: une écriture poétique, un engagement politique.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Pt. 1 Beyond Dichotomies
Ch. 1 The Perspective of the World: Globalization Then and Now 3
Ch. 2 Modernity and Periphery: Toward a Global and Relational Analysis 21
Ch. 3 Beyond Dichotomies: Communicative Action and Cultural Hegemony 49
Ch. 4 Mankind's Proverbial Imagination: Critical Perspectives on Human Universals As a Global Challenge 69
Pt. 2 Contested Places, Contested (Self) Ascriptions
Ch. 5 Bringing History Back In: Of Diasporas, Hybridities, Places, and Histories 93
Ch. 6 The Romance of Africa: Three Narratives by African-American Women 129
Ch. 7 Ethnicity As Otherness in British Identity Politics 153
Ch. 8 Reincarnating Immigrant Biography: On Migration and Transmigration 169
Pt. 3 Translating Places, Translating Ambivalence
Ch. 9 Warped Speech: The Politics of Global Translation 185
Ch. 10 National Identity and Immigration: American Polity, Nativism, and the "Alien" 201
Ch. 11 Richard Wright As a Specular Border Intellectual: The Politics of Identification in Black Power 231
Ch. 12 Beyond Dichotomies: Translation/Transculturation and the Colonial Difference 251
Conclusion: The Unforeseeable Diversity of the World 287
About the Contributors 297
Index 301
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