Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference (New Edition)

Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference (New Edition)

by Dipesh Chakrabarty
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691130019

ISBN-13: 9780691130019

Pub. Date: 10/29/2007

Publisher: Princeton University Press

First published in 2000, Dipesh Chakrabarty's influential Provincializing Europe addresses the mythical figure of Europe that is often taken to be the original site of modernity in many histories of capitalist transition in non-Western countries. This imaginary Europe, Dipesh Chakrabarty argues, is built into the social sciences. The very idea of

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First published in 2000, Dipesh Chakrabarty's influential Provincializing Europe addresses the mythical figure of Europe that is often taken to be the original site of modernity in many histories of capitalist transition in non-Western countries. This imaginary Europe, Dipesh Chakrabarty argues, is built into the social sciences. The very idea of historicizing carries with it some peculiarly European assumptions about disenchanted space, secular time, and sovereignty. Measured against such mythical standards, capitalist transition in the third world has often seemed either incomplete or lacking. Provincializing Europe proposes that every case of transition to capitalism is a case of translation as well—a translation of existing worlds and their thought—categories into the categories and self-understandings of capitalist modernity. Now featuring a new preface in which Chakrabarty responds to his critics, this book globalizes European thought by exploring how it may be renewed both for and from the margins.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691130019
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/29/2007
Series:
Princeton Studies in Culture/Power/History Series
Edition description:
New edition with a New preface by the author
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
570,918
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: The Idea of Provincializing Europe 3

PART ONE: HISTORICISM AND THE NARRATION OF MODERNITY

Chapter 1. Postcoloniality and the Artifice of History 27

Chapter 2. The Two Histories of Capital 47

Chapter 3. Translating Life-Worlds into Labor and History 72

Chapter 4. Minority Histories, Subaltern Pasts 97

PART TWO: HISTORIES OF BELONGING

Chapter 5. Domestic Cruelty and the Birth of the Subject 117

Chapter 6. Nation and Imagination 149

Chapter 7. Adda: A History of Sociality 180

Chapter 8. Family, Fraternity, and Salaried Labor 214

Epilogue. Reason and the Critique of Historicism 237

Notes 257

Index 299

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