Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital

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Verso Books, Feb 25, 2014 - Political Science - 256 pages
Postcolonial theory has become enormously influential as a framework for understanding the Global South. It is also a school of thought popular because of its rejection of the supposedly universalizing categories of the Enlightenment. In this devastating critique, mounted on behalf of the radical Enlightenment tradition, Vivek Chibber offers the most comprehensive response yet to postcolonial theory. Focusing on the hugely popular Subaltern Studies project, Chibber shows that its foundational arguments are based on a series of analytical and historical misapprehensions. He demonstrates that it is possible to affirm a universalizing theory without succumbing to Eurocentrism or reductionism.

Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital promises to be a historical milestone in contemporary social theory.
 

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Contents

DOMINANCE WITHOUT HEGEMONY
28
DOMINANCE WITHOUT HEGEMONY
54
DOMINANCE WITHOUT HEGEMONYZ
77
CAPITALS UNIVERSALIZING TENDENCY
101
CAPITAL ABSTRACT LABOR AND DIFFERENCE
130
CULTURE INTERESTS AND AGENCY
152
INTERESTS AND THE OTHER UNIVERSALISM
178
THE NONPROBLEM OF HISTORICISM
209
THE NATION UNMOORED
249
CONCLUSION SUBALTERN STUDIES AS IDEOLOGY
284
Index
297
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About the author (2014)

Vivek Chibber is Associate Professor of Sociology at New York University. He has contributed to, among others, the Socialist Register, American Journal of Sociology, Boston Review and New Left Review. His book Locked in Place: State-Building and Late Industrialization in India won the 2005 Barrington Moore Book Award and was one of Choice‘s Outstanding Academic Titles of 2004.

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