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Enchantments of Modernity
Empire, Nation, Globalization

Edited By

Saurabh Dube

ISBN 9780415602891
Published August 13, 2010 by Routledge India
522 Pages

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Book Description

The notion of modernity hinges on a break with the past, such as superstitions, medieval worlds, and hierarchical traditions. It follows that modernity suggests the disenchantment of the world, yet the processes of modernity also create their own enchantments in the mapping and making of the modern world. Straddling a range of disciplines and perspectives, the essays in this edited volume eschew programmatic solutions, focusing instead in new ways on subjects of slavery and memory, global transformations and vernacular and vernacular modernity, imperial imperatives and nationalist knowledge, cosmopolitan politics and liberal democracy, and governmental effects and everyday affects. It is in these ways that the volume attempts to unravel the enchantments of modernity, in order to approach anew modernity's constitutive terms, formative limits, and particular possibilities.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Veena Das




1. Modernity and its Enchantments: An Introduction

Saurabh Dube


Effects: Colony and Nation

2. North Atlantic Universals: Analytical Fictions, 1492–1945

Michel-Rolph Trouillot

3. Coloniality at Large: Time and the Colonial Difference

Walter D. Mignolo

4. The Space of Empire and the Territory of Nations

Uday S. Mehta

5. Sanitizing Modernity: Imperial Hygiene, Obscenity, and Moral Regulation in Colonial India

Deana Heath

6. Conversion to Translation: Colonial Registers of a Vernacular Christianity

Saurabh Dube

7. The Moment of Criticism in Indian Nationalist Thought: Ramchandra Shukla and the Poetics

 of a Hindi Responsibility

Milind Wakankar

8. Gandhi’s Politics: Liberalism and the Question of the Ashram

Ajay Skaria

9. Illiberal Islam

Faisal Devji

10. Legacies of Bandung: Decolonization and the Politics of Culture

Dipesh Chakrabarty


Affects: The Global and the Vernacular


11. Affect: What is it Good for?

William Mazzarella

12. The Class Consciousness of Frequent Travelers Towards a Critique of Actually Existing Cosmopolitanism

Craig Calhoun

13. The Absent Presence: Discourses of Crypto-Colonialism

Michael Herzfeld

14. The Martyrdom of Mosques: Imagery and Iconoclasm in Modern Pakistan

Naveeda Khan

15. Mental Illness and the Urban Poor: Psychiatric Institutions and the Singularity of Lives

Veena Das (with assistance from Rajan Bhandari and Simi Bajaj)

16. The Time of Slavery

Saidiya V. Hartman

17. Alien-Nation: Zombies, Immigrants, and Millennial Capitalism

Jean Comaroff and John Comaroff

18. The Beautiful Expanding Future of Poverty: Popular Economics as Psychological Defence

Ashis Nandy


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Saurabh Dube is Professor of History at the Center for Asian and African Studies, El Colegio de Mexico.