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Diasporic Mediations by R. Radhakrishnan
Book DescriptionIn the heated, often rancorous debates that are the "culture wars", identity politics has been at the centre of both popular and academic discussion. Radhakrishnan probes the intersections of poststructuralism and postcoloniality that lie at the heart of contemporary controversies over identity and difference. "Diasporic mediations" records Radhakrishnan's attempt to make theory accountable to the world, even while eschewing narrow methodologies or "isms". Rather than embracing one totalizing point of view, these essays move in the spaces "between" to establish a productive dialogue between different disciplines and critical practices - to elaborate what the author calls "common ground". Considering issues of location, language, tradition, gender, ethnicity, nationalism, colonialism, culture, and history, Radhakrishnan reclaims poststructuralism as a tool for both understanding postcolonial reality and working for social change. Momentous and wise, "Diasporic mediations" provides thought-provoking considerations of contemporary issues surrounding identity, serving as a map of the postcolonial condition, or, in the author's words, of how to be "both past- and future-oriented within the history of the present".
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780816626403
(234mm x 156mm x 19mm)
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 31-May-1996
Country of Publication: United States
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Theory in an Uneven World, Hardback (August 2003)» View all books by R. Radhakrishnan
How can we handle the unevenness between the West and the Rest? How can theory help us resolve our ethical and political problems? Can theory help us think beyond the "winner talks all" model by articulating strong connections between ethics and politics? This book deals with the debates about the postcolonial and the global.
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