The Postcolonial Aura
Third World Criticism in the Age of Global Capitalism
By (author) Arif Dirlik
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Postcolonial Aura by Arif Dirlik
Book DescriptionThe 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780813332499
(229mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 15-Sep-1998
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Arif Dirlik
Global Capitalism and the Future of Agrarian Society, Paperback (June 2015)
Historical and comparative analysis of how globalisation has affected agrarian societies. Includes contributors from the UN, China and India.
Culture & History in Post-Revolutionary China, Hardback (January 2012)» View all books by Arif Dirlik
Offering critical perspectives on a number of ideological issues that have figured prominently in Chinese intellectual discourse since the beginning of the so-called 'reform and opening' in the late 1970s, these essays range widely in subject matter, from Marxist historiography to sociology and anthropology in China to guoxue/national studies.
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Author Biography - Arif Dirlik
Arif Dirlik is professor of history at Duke University.
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