Colonialism in Question Theory, Knowledge, History

ISBN-10: 0520244141

ISBN-13: 9780520244146

Edition: 2005

Authors: Frederick Cooper
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Description: In this closely integrated collection of essays on colonialism in world history, Frederick Cooper raises crucial questions about concepts relevant to a wide range of issues in the social sciences and humanities, including identity, globalization, and modernity. Rather than portray the past two centuries as the inevitable movement from empire to nation-state, Cooper places nationalism within a much wider range of imperial and diasporic imaginations, of rulers and ruled alike, well into the twentieth century. He addresses both the insights and the blind spots of colonial studies in an effort to get beyond the tendency in the field to focus on a generic colonialism located sometime between 1492 and the 1960s and somewhere in the "West." Broad-ranging, cogently argued, and with a historical focus that moves from Africa to South Asia to Europe, these essays, most published here for the first time, propose a fuller engagement in the give-and-take of history, not least in the ways in which concepts usually attributed to Western universalism--including citizenship and equality--were defined and reconfigured by political mobilizations in colonial contexts.

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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/6/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 339
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.80" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Colonial Studies And Interdisciplinary Scholarship
Introduction: Colonial Questions, Historical Trajectories
The Rise, Fall, and Rise of Colonial Studies, 1951-2001
Concepts In Question
Identity--With Rogers Brubaker
Globalization
Modernity
The Possibilities Of History
States, Empires, and Political Imagination
Labor, Politics, and the End of Empire in French Africa
Conclusion: Colonialism, History, Politics
Notes
Index
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