The Postcolonial Aura

The Postcolonial Aura

by Arif Dirlik
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813332494

ISBN-13: 9780813332499

Pub. Date: 12/19/1997

Publisher: Westview Press


The essays in this volume range from questions of cultural self-representation in China to more general problems of reconceptualizing global relationships in response to contemporary changes. Although the new era of global capitalism calls for the remapping of global relations, such remapping must be informed both by a grasp of contemporary structures of economic,…  See more details below

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The essays in this volume range from questions of cultural self-representation in China to more general problems of reconceptualizing global relationships in response to contemporary changes. Although the new era of global capitalism calls for the remapping of global relations, such remapping must be informed both by a grasp of contemporary structures of economic, political, and cultural power and by memories of earlier radical visions of society. Without these two conditions, Arif Dirlik argues, the current preoccupation with Eurocentrism, ethnic diversity, and multiculturalism distract from issues of power that dominate global relations and that find expression in murderous ethnic conflicts.In lieu of multiculturalism, Dirlik offers “multi-historicalism,” which presupposes a historically grounded conception of cultural difference, seeks in different histories alternative visions of human society, and stresses divergent historical trajectories against a future colonized presently by an ideology of capital. Arguing that the operations of capital have brought the question of the local to the fore, he points to “indigenism” as a source of paradigms of social relations and relationships to nature, to challenge the voracious developmentalism that undermines local welfare globally.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813332499
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
12/19/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Credits
1Introduction: Postcoloniality and the Perspective of History1
2Culturalism as Hegemonic Ideology and Liberating Practice23
3The Postcolonial Aura: Third World Criticism in the Age of Global Capitalism52
4The Global in the Local84
5Chinese History and the Question of Orientalism105
6There Is More in the Rim than Meets the Eye: Thoughts on the "Pacific Idea"129
7Three Worlds or One, or Many? The Reconfiguration of Global Relations Under Contemporary Capitalism146
8Postcolonial or Postrevolutionary? The Problem of History in Postcolonial Criticism163
9The Postmodernization of Production and Its Organization: Flexible Production, Work and Culture186
10The Past as Legacy and Project: Postcolonial Criticism in the Perspective of Indigenous Historicism220
About the Book and Author245
Index247

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