Rethinking Modernity: Postcolonialism and the Sociological Imagination

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Palgrave Macmillan, May 15, 2007 - Social Science - 240 pages
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Arguing for the idea of connected histories, Gurminder Bhambra presents a fundamental reconstruction of the idea of modernity in contemporary sociology, where modernity's origins are located in Europe. She criticizes the abstraction of European modernity from its colonial context and the way in which non-Western 'others' are regarded as having no contribution to make to understandings of modernity. It aims to establish a dialogue in which 'others' can speak, and also be heard.

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Contents

Modernity Colonialism and the Postcolonial Critique
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European Modernity and the Sociological Imagination
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Myths of European Cultural Integrity The Renaissance
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GURMINDER K. BHAMBRA is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Keele, UK. She has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the University of Sussex and the London School of Economics. She has been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex and a Research Associate at the Five College Women's Studies Research Centre at Mount Holyoke College, USA, where she was also Visiting Professor in Critical Social Thought.

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