Alternative Modernities

ISBN-10: 0822327147
ISBN-13: 9780822327141
Edition: 2nd 2001
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Description: To think in terms of "alternative modernities" is to admit that modernity is inescapable and to desist from speculations about modernity's end. Modernity today is global and multiple and no longer has a Western "governing center" to accompany it.  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 6/18/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.980

To think in terms of "alternative modernities" is to admit that modernity is inescapable and to desist from speculations about modernity's end. Modernity today is global and multiple and no longer has a Western "governing center" to accompany it. The essays in this collection, therefore, approach the dilemmas of modernity from transnational and transcultural perspectives.The idea of "alternative modernities" holds that modernity always unfolds within specific cultures or civilizations and that different starting points of the transition to modernity lead to different outcomes. Without abandoning the Western discourse on the subject, the contributors to this volume write from the standpoint that modernity is in truth a richly mulitiplicitous concept. Believing that the language and lessons of Western modernity must be submitted to comparative study of its global receptions, they focus on such sites as China, Russia, India, Trinidad, and Mexico. Other essays treat more theoretical aspects of modernity, such as its self-understanding and the potential reconcilability of cosmopolitanism and diversity.

On Alternative Modernities
Settler Modernity and the Quest for an Indigenous Tradition
Translation, Imperialism, and National Self-Definition in Russia
Shanghai Modern: Reflections on Urban Culture in China in the 1930s
Adda, Calcutta: Dwelling in Modernity
Miniaturizing Modernity: Shahzia Sikander in Conversation
Two Theories of Modernity
On Reconciling Cosmopolitan Unity and National Diversity
Camera Zanzibar
"Left to the Imagination": Indian Nationalisms and Female Sexuality in Trinidad
Afro-Modernity: Temporality, Politics, and the African Diaspora
Modes of Citizenship in Mexico
Modernist Ruins: National Narratives and Architectural Forms
Contributors
Index

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