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The Postcolonial and the Global

The Postcolonial and the Global

Revathi Krishnaswamy
John C. Hawley
Copyright Date: 2008
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 344
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    The Postcolonial and the Global
    Book Description:

    Connects postcolonial and global discourses in the humanities and social sciences. Contributors: Pal Ahluwalia, Arjun Appadurai, Geoffrey Bowker, Timothy Brennan, Ruth Buchanan, Verity Burgmann, Pheng Cheah, Inderpal Grewal, Ramón Grosfoguel, Barbara Harlow, Anouar Majid, John McMurtry, Walter D. Mignolo, Sundhya Pahuja, R. Radhakrishnan, Ileana Rodríguez, E. San Juan, Saskia Sassen, Ella Shohat, Leslie Sklair, Robert Stam, Madina Tlostanova, Harish Trivedi.

    eISBN: 978-0-8166-5378-2
    Subjects: Political Science

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. ix-x)
  4. Introduction:: At the Crossroads of Postcolonial and Globalization Studies

    • Postcolonial and Globalization Studies: Connections, Conflicts, Complicities
      (pp. 2-21)
      Revathi Krishnaswamy

      Postcolonial studies and globalization theory are not monolithic or homogeneous academic fields, but they do represent two dominant discursive formations that regulate contemporary knowledge production in the humanities and social sciences. Yet, unlike the confrontations that took place between postcolonialism and postmodernism, “the twin peaks of ’80s theoretical thinking” (Bhabha 2003, 3), so far there have been few systematic or broad-based attempts to scrutinize the links between postcolonialism and globalization theory.¹ In fact, the two fields appear to have developed relatively apart and maintained quite different disciplinary affiliations even when their historical or geopolitical points of reference have converged. Thus,...

    • Agencies for Resistance, Prospects for Evolution
      (pp. 22-32)
      John C. Hawley

      Whether they are read as calls to arms or as occasions for more generous inclusion (Bauman 2004; Siddiqi 1974),¹ and whether their source is interpreted as ethical (Dussel 1996),² sociological (Bolaria 1997; Ong 1987; Scott 1985), political (Buck-Morss 2003; Chatterjee 2004), environmentalist (Shiva 2005), or economic (Smith and Guarnizo 1998; Elson 1997; Powelson and Stock 1990; Eder 1982), jeremiads against globalists are nothing new.³ Some might wonder what difference these warnings have ever made, or could possibly make. Isn’t globalization an implacable and impersonal force that works its inevitable course, willy-nilly, across national borders and roughshod over whatever well-or ill-natured...

  5. Part I. Disciplinarity and Its Discontents
    (pp. 33-36)

    Postcolonial studies and globalization theory appear to have developed in relative isolation and maintained relatively divergent disciplinary affiliations even though their historical or geopolitical points of reference converge on important issues such as modernity, imperialism, nationalism, and capitalism. To grasp the implications of these divergences and convergences more fully, it is necessary to understand the historical conditions and ideological factors that have contributed to the rise of postcolonialism and globalization theory, to have a sense of how these two fields have defined themselves as well as the objects they study, and to recognize how the disciplining and institutionalizing of these...

  6. Part II Planetarity and the Postcolonial
    (pp. 105-108)

    In his Economic Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844, Karl Marx lists four types of alienation: from our product, from our productive activity, from our species being, and from other human beings. Building on the third of Marx’s four types of alienation, that of alienation from our species being, Gayatri Spivak inDeath of a Discipline(2003) offers a suggestive contrast that may open up this division of our book: “if we imagine ourselves as planetary subjects rather than global agents, planetary creatures rather than global entities, alterity remains underived from us; it is not our dialectical negation, it contains us as...

  7. Part III Imperiality and the Global
    (pp. 211-214)

    Is globalization simply a continuation of Western/American imperialism in a new guise, or does it inaugurate the end of imperialism and open up possibilities for the emergence of a radically different democratic world? This question, which has been at the heart of many heated debates in both postcolonial and globalization studies, has become even more pressing in the wake of 9/11. Although postcolonial scholarship has generally tended to view globalization as a form of imperialism, there has been a marked trend, in recent years, to rethink that position and to find new forms of subaltern subjectivity and novel avenues for...

  8. Postscript: An Interview with Arjun Appadurai
    (pp. 289-294)
    John C. Hawley

    Hawley: InGlobalization, your book of collected essays, you propose that globalization is not simply the name for a new epoch in the history of capital or in the biography of the nationstate but rather is marked by a new role for the imagination and social life. And in your elaboration of those ideas, you speak about the need for a deparochialization of the research ethic and include in that a kind of distinction between theoria and praxis: those in the academy, moving in the direction of theoria oftentimes, those in the actual parts of the world that are under...

  9. Publication History
    (pp. 295-296)
  10. Contributors
    (pp. 297-300)
  11. Index
    (pp. 301-329)