Refashioning Futures Criticism after Postcoloniality

ISBN-10: 0691004862
ISBN-13: 9780691004860
Edition: 1999
Authors: David Scott
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Book details

List price: $52.50
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 5/30/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

How can we best forge a theoretical practice that directly addresses the struggles of once-colonized countries, many of which face the collapse of both state and society in today's era of economic reform? David Scott argues that recent cultural theories aimed at "deconstructing" Western representations of the non-West have been successful to a point, but that changing realities in these countries require a new approach. InRefashioning Futures,he proposes astrategicpractice of criticism that brings the political more clearly into view in areas of the world where the very coherence of a secular-modern project can no longer be taken for granted. Through a series of linked essays on culture and politics in his native Jamaica and in Sri Lanka, the site of his long scholarly involvement, Scott examines the ways in which modernity inserted itself into and altered the lives of the colonized. The institutional procedures encoded in these modern postcolonial states and their legal systems come under scrutiny, as do our contemporary languages of the political. Scott demonstrates that modern concepts of political representation, community, rights, justice, obligation, and the common good do not apply universally and require reconsideration. His ultimate goal is to describe the modern colonial past in a way that enables us to appreciate more deeply the contours of our historical present and that enlarges the possibility of reshaping it.

Introduction: Criticism after Postcoloniality
Rationalities
Colonial Governmentality
Religion in Colonial Civil Society
The Government of Freedom
Histories
Dehistoricizing History
"An Obscure Miracle of Connection"
Futures
The Aftermaths of Sovereignty
Community, Number and the Ethos of Democracy
Fanonian Futures?
Coda: After Bandung: From the Politics of Colonial Representation to a Theory of Postcolonial Politics
Acknowledgements
Index

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