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Author Chakrabarty, Dipesh.

Title Provincializing Europe : postcolonial thought and historical difference / Dipesh Chakrabarty
Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [2000]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 301 pages)
Series Princeton studies in culture/power/history
Princeton studies in culture/power/history.
Contents Cover -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Table Of Contents -- Preface To The 2007 Edition -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction: The Idea Of Provincializing Europe -- Part One: Historicism And The Narration Of Modernity -- Chapter 1. Postcoloniality And The Artifice Of History -- Chapter 2. The Two Histories Of Capital -- Chapter 3. Translating Life-Worlds Into Labor And History -- Chapter 4. Minority Histories, Subaltern Pasts -- Part Two: Histories Of Belonging -- Chapter 5. Domestic Cruelty And The Birth Of The Subject -- Chapter 6. Nation And Imagination -- Chapter 7. Adda: A History Of Sociality -- Chapter 8. Family, Fraternity, And Salaried Labor -- Epilogue. Reason And The Critique Of Historicism -- Notes -- Index
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-298) and index
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Subject Decolonization.
Historiography -- Europe.
Europe -- History -- Philosophy.
India -- Historiography.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 99087722
ISBN 140081121X (electronic bk.)
9781400811212 (electronic bk.)