The Postcolonial Aura: Third World Criticism in the Age of Global Capitalism

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Westview Press, 1998 - Social Science - 252 pages
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The 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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Contents

Postcoloniality and the Perspective of History
1
Culturalism as Hegemonic Ideology and Liberating Practice
23
Third World Criticism in
52
The Global in the Local
84
Chinese History and the Question of Orientalism
105
Indigenous VisionsPacific Rim Discourse
138
Three Worlds or One or Many? The Reconfiguration
146
Postcolonial or Postrevolutionary? The Problem
163
Postcoloniality and Capitalism
172
Notes
181
Postcolonial Criticism
220
Cultural IdentityHistorical Trajectory
228
About the Book and Author
245
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Arif Dirlik is professor of history at Duke University.

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