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Antinomies of Modernity: Essays on Race, Orient, Nation Hardcover – April 21, 2003
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Race, Orient, and nation represent three clusters of complicated histories of knowledge formation and political activisms, deeply entangled in the global processes of modernity initiated by western imperialist expansion. Modernity as such is experienced as a series of contradictions that operate on an axis of self-other differentiations as a set of cognitive structures that we came to call Orientalism. Although Edward Said has pointed out in his foundational work that Orientalism "as a system of citing works and authors" has no corresponding reality, Orientalism, nonetheless, has become a powerful tool by which the Orient-as geography, race, a body of knowledge, and postcolonial nation-states-is rendered knowable, appropriated, and re-invented for both universalist and particularist projects. Antinomies of Modernity is an attempt to engage with the history and karma of Orientalism in postcolonial milieu.
In a commendable form of collaboration, Antinomies of Modernity is both wide-ranging in scope and coherent in argument. It manages to grasp the self-contradictory logic of modernity as a global history of contestation and complication that manifested itself in the "conquest of space through time"-a central feature of capitalism, the editors argue-that constitutes modernity as tortuous and unsettled experiences of dislocation of mass population, consistent construction of self-other relations, and the constant crisis and struggles over the legitimation of rule.Read more ›