Colonialism in Question: Theory, Knowledge, History / Edition 1

Colonialism in Question: Theory, Knowledge, History / Edition 1

by Frederick Cooper
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520244141

ISBN-13: 9780520244146

Pub. Date: 06/06/2005

Publisher: University of California Press

In this closely integrated collection of essays on colonialism in world history, Frederick Cooper raises crucial questions about concepts relevant to a wide range of issues in the social sciences and humanities, including identity, globalization, and modernity. Rather than portray the past two centuries as the inevitable movement from empire to nation-state, Cooper

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In this closely integrated collection of essays on colonialism in world history, Frederick Cooper raises crucial questions about concepts relevant to a wide range of issues in the social sciences and humanities, including identity, globalization, and modernity. Rather than portray the past two centuries as the inevitable movement from empire to nation-state, Cooper places nationalism within a much wider range of imperial and diasporic imaginations, of rulers and ruled alike, well into the twentieth century. He addresses both the insights and the blind spots of colonial studies in an effort to get beyond the tendency in the field to focus on a generic colonialism located sometime between 1492 and the 1960s and somewhere in the "West." Broad-ranging, cogently argued, and with a historical focus that moves from Africa to South Asia to Europe, these essays, most published here for the first time, propose a fuller engagement in the give-and-take of history, not least in the ways in which concepts usually attributed to Western universalism—including citizenship and equality—were defined and reconfigured by political mobilizations in colonial contexts.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520244146
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/06/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
339
Sales rank:
896,350
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments

PART I. COLONIAL STUDIES AND INTERDISCIPLINARY SCHOLARSHIP
1.
Introduction: Colonial Questions, Historical Trajectories
2. The Rise, Fall, and Rise of Colonial Studies, 1951–2001

PART II. CONCEPTS IN QUESTION
3. Identity—With Rogers Brubaker
4. Globalization
5. Modernity

PART III. THE POSSIBILITIES OF HISTORY
6. States, Empires, and Political Imagination
7. Labor, Politics, and the End of Empire in French Africa
8. Conclusion: Colonialism, History, Politics

Notes

Index

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