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Description - The Rise and Fall of Modern Empires by Saul Dubow

This volume reproduces key historical texts concerning 'colonial knowledges'. The use of the adjective 'colonial' indicates that knowledge is shaped by power relationships, while the use of the plural form, 'knowledges' indicates the emphasis in this collection is on an interplay between different, often competing, cognitive systems. George Balandier's notion of the colonial situation is an organising principle that runs throughout the volume, and there are four sub-themes: language and texts, categorical knowledge, the circulation of knowledge and indigenous knowledge. The volume is designed to introduce students to a range of important interventions which speak to each other today, even if they were not intended to do so when first published. An introductory essay links the themes together and explains the significance of the individual articles.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781409436669
ISBN-10: 1409436667
Format: Hardback
(244mm x 169mm x mm)
Pages: 600
Imprint: Ashgate Publishing Limited
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 5-Jul-2013
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Saul Dubow

Saul Dubow is Professor of African History at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of several books about modern South Africa which deal with ideas and knowledge, including A Commonwealth of Knowledge. Science, Sensibility and White South Africa 1820-2000 (Oxford, 2006); Scientific Racism in Modern South Africa (Cambridge, 1995), and an edited volume Science and Society in Southern Africa (Manchester, 2000). He is currently completing a New History of Apartheid for Oxford University Press. G. Balandier, T.O. Biedelman, Bernard S. Cohn, C.A. Bayly, Ranajit Guha, Talal Asad, Archie Mafeje, Tony Ballantyne, Arjun Appadurai, Keletso E. Atkins, Benjamin Schmidt, Robert A. Stafford, David Arnold, Patrick Harries, Richard H. Grove, William Beinart, Luise White, Neil Safier, Saul Dubow, Daniela Bleichmar.