The Postcolonial Aura: Third World Criticism in the Age of Global Capitalism
Westview Press, 1998 - Social Science - 252 pages
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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abstract Aijaz Ahmad alienation alternative analysis appears Arif Dirlik Asian boundaries capitalist modernity challenge China Chinese claims colonialism concept condition Confucian Confucian revival consciousness context corporate critique culturalist discourse discussion domination E. P. Thompson earlier economic emergence epistemology essays essential ethnic EuroAmerican Eurocentrism European Global Capitalism global relations Haunani-Kay Trask hegemony historian historicism hybridity Ibid idea identity ideology imperial Indian indigenous insistence labor Laroui latter literature localism Mao Zedong Marxism metanarratives multiculturalism narratives native oppression organization organizational Orientalism Orientalist Pacific past perspective political possible postcolo postcolonial argument postcolonial criticism postcolonial intellectuals postmodernism postmodernist present problems production question of culture radical recent reference reified relationship rendered repudiation resistance revolution revolutionary sense social socialist societies spatial struggles Studies Subaltern Subaltern Studies suggest teleology temporality theory Third World Three Worlds tion transformation transnational tural University Press visions Ward Churchill Western York