Provincializing Europe

Provincializing Europe Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference - Princeton Studies in Culture/power/history

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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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ISBN: 9780691130019
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Imprint: Princeton University Press
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Edition: New Edition
DEWEY: 901
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Sales rank: 14254
Number of pages: 301
Weight: 528g
Height: 234mm
Width: 155mm
Spine width: 20mm