Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference (Google eBook)

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Princeton University Press, Jun 5, 2009 - History - 336 pages
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First published in 2000, Dipesh Chakrabarty's influential Provincializing Europe addresses the mythical figure of Europe that is often taken to be the original site of modernity in many histories of capitalist transition in non-Western countries. This imaginary Europe, Dipesh Chakrabarty argues, is built into the social sciences. The very idea of historicizing carries with it some peculiarly European assumptions about disenchanted space, secular time, and sovereignty. Measured against such mythical standards, capitalist transition in the third world has often seemed either incomplete or lacking. Provincializing Europe proposes that every case of transition to capitalism is a case of translation as well--a translation of existing worlds and their thought--categories into the categories and self-understandings of capitalist modernity. Now featuring a new preface in which Chakrabarty responds to his critics, this book globalizes European thought by exploring how it may be renewed both for and from the margins.

  

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Review: Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference

User Review  - Jee Koh - Goodreads

Chakrabarty's project in this book is not so much to subvert the rational-secular view of history, inherited by postcolonial societies from the European enlightenment, as to see around the limitations ... Read full review

Review: Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference

User Review  - Sara Salem - Goodreads

Interesting and important book, although I expected more due to its prominence in postcolonial studies. Not the easiest read in terms of writing style. Read full review

Contents

The Idea of Provincializing Europe
3
HISTORICISM AND THE NARRATION OF MODERNITY
25
HISTORIES OF BELONGING
115
Epilogue Reason and the Critique of Historicism
237
Notes
257
Index
299
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