Occidentalism: Modernity and Subjectivity

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SAGE, 2000 - Social Science - 256 pages
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This important book critically addresses the `becoming West' of Europe and investigates the `becoming Modern' of the world. Drawing on the work of Derrida, Foucault, Levinas, Lyotard, Merleau-Ponty and Ricoeur, the book proposes that the question of postmodernity is inseparable from that of postcoloniality. The argument fully conveys the sense that modernity is in crisis. It maps out a new genealogy of the birth of the modern and suggests a new way of grounding the idea of an emancipation of being.

Postcolonialism has emerged as a central topic in contemporary social science and cultural studies. This book informs readers as to the central strands of the debate and introduces a host of new ideas which will be a rich fund f

  

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Contents

Remembering modernity
14
Historicity responsibility subjectivity
72
On the emergence of modernity and the birth of the subject
107
Enlightenment and after
153
on becoming otherwise
196
References
240
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Couze Venn is Reader in Cultural Studies at the `Theory, Culture and Society Centre', Nottingham Trent University

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