The Location of Culture

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Overview

Rethinking questions of identity, social agency and national affiliation, Bhabha provides a working, if controversial, theory of cultural hybridity - one that goes far beyond previous attempts by others. In The Location of Culture, he uses concepts such as mimicry, interstice, hybridity, and liminality to argue that cultural production is always most productive where it is most ambivalent. Speaking in a voice that combines intellectual ease with the belief that theory itself can contribute to practical political change, Bhabha has become one of the leading post-colonial theorists of this era.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415016353
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/15/1994
  • Series: Routledge Classics Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Homi K Bhabha (1949- ) Born into the Parsi community of Bombay, Bhabha is a leading voice in postcolonial studies. He is currently Professor of English and Afro-American Studies, Harvard University

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: Locations of culture 1
1 The commitment to theory 19
2 Interrogating identity: Frantz Fanon and the postcolonial prerogative 40
3 The other question: Stereotype, discrimination and the discourse of colonialism 66
4 Of mimicry and man: The ambivalence of colonial discourse 85
5 Sly civility 93
6 Signs taken for wonders: Questions of ambivalence and authority under a tree outside Delhi, May 1817 102
7 Articulating the archaic: Cultural difference and colonial nonsense 123
8 DissemiNation: Time, narrative and the margins of the modern nation 139
9 The postcolonial and the postmodern: The question of agency 171
10 By bread alone: Signs of violence in the mid-nineteenth century 198
11 How newness enters the world: Postmodern space, postcolonial times and the trials of cultural translation 212
12 Conclusion: 'Race', time and the revision of modernity 236
Notes 257
Index 277
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