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Enduring Western Civilization The Construction of the Concept of Western Civilization and Its Others

ISBN-10: 0275954005

ISBN-13: 9780275954000

Edition: 1995

Authors: Silvia Federici

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What do we mean by "Western Civilization"? When did the expression originate and why? At a time when there is a widespread perception that "Western Civilization" is undergoing a historic crisis, and when postmodernism, feminist theory, afrocentrism, deconstruction, and other current philosophical schools define themselves as alternatives to, or critiques of, "Western Civilization," this book seeks to trace the development of the concept of Western Civilization and to examine the reasons for its endurance. It also suggests ways in which proponents of "Western Civilization" can co-opt ideas from opponents. Written from a multidisciplinary viewpoint, the essays in this volume trace the development of the concept of Western Civilization and seek to explode many standing beliefs--primarily those which concern the very existence of a "Western tradition." Bound to be controversial, the book will be of interest to scholars and activists in the fields of cultural history, anthropology, and the history of ideas, as well as general readers interested in the enduring discussion of the notion of "Western Civilization."
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List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 10/24/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Manuel Castells is Professor of Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, and Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute of Sociology at the University of Madrid.SILVIA FEDERICI is Associate Professor of International Studies and Political Philosophy at New College, Hofstra University. She is a founding member and coordinator of the Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa. Among her earlier publications is Enduring Western Civilization: The Construction of the Concept of Western Civilization (Praeger, 1995).

Introduction
A Genealogy of "Western Civilization" Greece: Aryan or Mediterranean? Two Contending Historiographical Models
On the Scottish Origin of Civilization
Caffentzis True West: The Changing Idea of the West from the 1880s to the 1920s
The God that Never Failed: The Origins and Crises of Western Civilization
Appendix: Oedipus and the Coup by Sol Yurick One or Many Civilizations? Mathematics and Eurocentrism
Joseph Orientalism, Political Economy, and the Canonization of Indian Civilization
African Languages and European Linquistic Imperialism
They Came Before the Egyptians: Linguistic Evidence for the African Roots of Semitic Languages
Index