Postcolonial Melancholia

ISBN-10: 023113455X
ISBN-13: 9780231134552
Edition: 2006
Authors: Paul Gilroy
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 10/10/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

In an effort to deny the ongoing effect of colonialism and imperialism on contemporary political life, the death knell for a multicultural society has been sounded from all sides. That's the provocative argument Paul Gilroy makes in this unorthodox defense of the multiculture. Gilroy's searing analyses of race, politics, and culture have always remained attentive to the material conditions of black people and the ways in which blacks have defaced the "clean edifice of white supremacy." In Postcolonial Melancholia, he continues the conversation he began in the landmark study of race and nation 'There Ain't No Black in the Union Jack' by once again departing from conventional wisdom to examine -- and defend -- multiculturalism within the context of the post-9/11 "politics of security." This book adapts the concept of melancholia from its Freudian origins and applies it not to individual grief but to the social pathology of neoimperialist politics. The melancholic reactions that have obstructed the process of working through the legacy of colonialism are implicated not only in hostility and violence directed at blacks, immigrants, and aliens but in an inability to value the ordinary, unruly multiculture that has evolved organically and unnoticed in urban centers. Drawing on the seminal discussions of race begun by Frantz Fanon, W. E. B. DuBois, and George Orwell, Gilroy crafts a nuanced argument with far-reaching implications. Ultimately, Postcolonial Melancholia goes beyond the idea of mere tolerance to propose that it is possible to celebrate the multiculture and live with otherness without becoming anxious, fearful, or violent.

Paul Gilroy holds the Anthony Giddens Professorship in Social Theory at the London School of Economics.

Preface
List of Maps, Figures Pronunciation Guide
Introduction
Early Medieval India and the Esoteric Rhapsody
The Demise of Dynasty and a Poorly Lit Path
Renaissance and Reformation: The Eastern Vinaya Monks
Translators as the New Aristocracy
Drokmi: The Doyen of Central Tibetan Translators
Treasure Text, the Imperial Legacy
The Late Eleventh Century: From Esoteric Lineages to Clan Temples
The Early Twelfth Century: A Confident Tibetan Buddhism
The Late Twelfth to Early Thirteenth Century: Ethical Crises, International
Conclusion and Epilogue: The Victory of the Clan Structure, Late Tantric Buddhism Notes Glossary Tibetan Orthographic Equivalents
Eastern Vinaya Temples, Cave Temples
Translation and Text of the Root Text of the *Margaphala
A Concordance of Early Commentaries on the Root Text of the *Margaphala Notes to Appendices Notes to the Edition
Abbreviations
Bibliography
Index

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