In Near Ruins
Cultural Theory at the End of the Century
By (author) Nicholas B. Dirks
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In Near Ruins by Nicholas B. Dirks
Book DescriptionIf culture is suspect, what of cultural theory? At a moment when culture's traditional caretakers -- humanism, philosophy, anthropology, and the nation-state -- are undergoing crisis and mutation, this volume charts the tensions and contradictions in the development and deployment of the concept of culture. A genuinely interdisciplinary venture, In Near Ruins brings together respected writers from the fields of history, anthropology, literary criticism, and communications. Together their essays present an intriguing picture of "culture" at the edges of humanism, of the politics of critical inquiry amid current social transformations, of the status and practice of historical knowledge in an age of theory.Skeptical of the concept of culture but fascinated with cultural forms, the authors take up diverse topics, from debates over sexuality in the contemporary United States to relations between empire, capitalism, and gender in nineteenth-century Britain; from poverty in U.S. inner cities to violence in war-torn Sri Lanka; from the operation of nostalgia on cultural practices in Japan to anthropological forms of state power in Indonesia and the writing of history in India.Linked by a common urge to think through the aesthetics and politics of particular social relations amid a variety of globalizing forces -- revolution, colonialism, nationalism, and the disciplinary institutions of the academy itself -- these writers contribute to the ongoing work of remapping the terrain of cultural analysis and reevaluating the stakes in such a daunting effort.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780816631230
(230mm x 150mm x 18mm)
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 1-Dec-1998
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Nicholas B. Dirks
Scandal of Empire, Paperback (May 2008)
When Warren Hastings was put on trial by Edmund Burke, it brought the East India Company's exploits to public attention. Presenting the scandal that laid the foundation of the British Empire, this work explains how the substitution of imperial authority for Company rule helped erase the origins of empire and justify the British presence in India.
Hollow Crown, Paperback (December 2007)
The Hollow Crown reconstructs the sociocultural history of a warrior polity in south India between the fourteenth and the twentieth centuries.
Castes of Mind, Paperback (September 2001)» View all books by Nicholas B. Dirks
When thinking of India, it is hard not to think of caste. This work argues that caste is, in fact, neither an unchanged survival of ancient India nor a single system that reflects a core cultural value. It traces the career of caste from the medieval kingdoms of southern India to the textual traces of early colonial archives.
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