Orientalism and the Postcolonial Predicament (häftad)
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Häftad (Paperback / softback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
372
Utgivningsdatum
1993-01-01
Förlag
University of Pennsylvania Press
Medarbetare
Breckenridge, Carol A. (ed.), Van Der Veer, Peter (ed.)
Illustrationer
3 illus.
Dimensioner
230 x 151 x 22 mm
Vikt
540 g
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1
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Paperback
ISBN
9780812214369
Orientalism and the Postcolonial Predicament (häftad)

Orientalism and the Postcolonial Predicament

Perspectives on South Asia

Häftad Engelska, 1993-01-01
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In his extraordinarily influential book Orientalism, Edward Said argued that Western knowledge about the Orient in the Post-Enlightenment period has been "a systematic discourse by which Europe was able to manage-even produce-the Orient politically, sociologically, militarily, ideologically, scientifically, and imaginatively." According to Said, European and American views of the Orient created a reality in which the Oriental was forced to live. Although Said's work deals primarily with discourse about the Arab world, much of his argument has been applied to other regions of "the Orient." Drawing on Said's book, Carol A. Breckenridge, Peter van der Veer, and the contributors to this book explore the ways colonial administrators constructed knowledge about the society and culture of India and the processes through which that knowledge has shaped past and present Indian reality. One common theme that links the essays in Orientalism and the Postcolonial Predicament is the proposition that Orientalist discourse is not just restricted to the colonial past but continues even today. The contributors argue that it is still extremely difficult for both Indians and outsiders to think about India in anything but strictly Orientalist terms. They propose that students of society and history rethink their methodologies and the relation between theories, methods, and the historical conditions that produced them. Orientalism and the Postcolonial Predicament provides new and important insights into the cultural embeddedness of power in the colonial and postcolonial world.
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Preface Orientalism and the Postcolonial Predicament PT. I. THE POSTCOLONIAL PREDICAMENT AND CONTEMPORARY HISTORY 1. The Foreign Hand: Orientalist Discourse in Sociology and Communalism 2. Orientalism and the Social Sciences 3. Deep Orientalism? Notes on Sanskrit and Power Beyond the Raj 4. The Burden of English 5. Orientalism and the Study of Indian Literatures PT. II. THE GENEALOGY OF THE POSTCOLONIAL 6. The Fate of Hindustani: Colonial Knowledge and the Project of a National Language 7. British Orientalism in the Eighteenth Century: The Dialectics of Knowledge and Government 8. Orientalist Empiricism: Transformations of Colonial Knowledge 9. Colonial Histories and Native Informants: Biography of an Archive 10. Number in the Colonial Imagination List of Contributors Index