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Description: 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.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 10/10/2006
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Paul Gilroy holds the Anthony Giddens Professorship in Social Theory at the London School of Economics.
|List of Maps, Figures Pronunciation Guide|
|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|