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1st Edition

Unbecoming Modern
Colonialism, Modernity, Colonial Modernities

ISBN 9780367135737
Published June 3, 2019 by Routledge
262 Pages

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Book Description

In this volume well-known scholars from India and Latin America – Enrique Dussel, Madhu Dubey, Walter D. Mignolo, and Sudipta Sen, to name a few – discuss the concepts of modernity and colonialism and describe how the two relate to each other. This second edition to the volume comes with a new introduction which extends and critically supplements the discussion in the earlier introduction to the volume. It explores the vital impact of the colonial pasts of India, Mexico, China, and even the Unites States, on the processes through which these countries have become modern. The collection is unique, as it brings together a range of disciplines and perspectives. The topics discussed include the Zapatista movement in Southern Mexico, the image of the South in recent African-American literature, the theories of Andre Gunder Frank about the early modernization of Asian countries, and the contradictions of the colonial state in India.

Table of Contents

Coloniality, Modernity, Decoloniality: A New Introduction to the Second Edition. Preface 1. Introduction: Critical Questions of Colonial Modernities 2. Reading a Silence: The “Indian” in the Era of Zapatismo 3. Between Anthropology and History: Manuel Gamio and Mexican Anthropological Modernity, 1916—1935 4. Mapping Oppositions: Enchanted Spaces and Modern Places 5. Postmodern Geographies of the U.S. South 6. Orientalism, Anti-Orientalism, Relativism 7. Henry S. Maine: History and Antiquity in Law 8. Uncertain Dominance: The Colonial State and Its Contradictions 9. World-System and “Trans”-Modernity 10. Eurocentrism, Modern Knowledges, and the “Natural” Order of Global Capital 11. The Social Sciences, Epistemic Violence, and the Problem of the “Invention of the Other” 12. The Enduring Enchantment (Or the Epistemic Privilege of Modernity and Where To Go from Here)

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Saurabh Dube is Professor of History, Centre for Asian and African Studies, El Colegio de México, Mexico City.
Ishita Banerjee-Dube is Professor, Centre for Asian and African Studies, El Colegio de México, Mexico City.