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Anthropology/Cultural reviews famous members provide an illuminating examine how modernity develops in non-Western contexts. Modernity has regularly laid declare to common certainty-which intended assigning a unique and lesser importance to something deemed in basic terms neighborhood, non-Western, or missing a common expression. This publication makes these very non-Western, non-universal parts the instruments for fashioning a extra advanced, rigorous, and multifaceted knowing of ways the fashionable comes approximately. targeting the making of modernity outdoor the West, 8 prime anthropologists, historians, and political theorists discover the construction of latest types of politics, sensibility, temporality, and selfhood in destinations starting from nineteenth-century Bengal to modern Morocco. themes comprise the therapeutics of colonial clinical perform, the a number of registers of renowned movie, tv serials and their audiences, psychiatrists and their sufferers, the enduring determine of the younger widow, and the emergence of latest political types past the seize of civil society. individuals: Lila Abu-Lughod, Columbia U; Dipesh Chakrabarty, U of Chicago; Partha Chatterjee, Centre for stories in Social Sciences, Calcutta; Veena Das, U of Delhi; Nicholas B. Dirks, Columbia U; Stefania Pandolfo, UC Berkeley; and Gyan Prakash, Princeton U. Timothy Mitchell is affiliate professor of politics and director of the Hagop Kevorkian heart at ny college. Contradictions of Modernity sequence, quantity eleven Translation Inquiries: collage of Minnesota Press

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One also has to question its temporality. One must abandon its neat image not just of geographical space but also of historical time. 35 These conceptions of history and geography are related. Historical time, the time of the West, is what gives modern geography its order, an order centered upon Europe. Accounts of the modern world that introduce a topsy-turvy view of this geography, by locating important developments outside the West, typically reestablish the order of modernity by removing these irregularities from any determining local context, or any non-European regional or global context, and repositioning them within the West's uniform and 8 Timothy Mitchell singular history.

In the explanation of original accumulation, however, every factor is reduced to a question of force. There is no analysis of the social organization, the methods of discipline, or the techniques of production that characterize the slave plantation, the shipping industry, the colonizing corporation, the colonial settlement, or the power of the army, to compare with his painstaking analysis of the nineteenth-century English factory. There is nothing except the use of force. The absence of detail is not, I would argue, an innocent one, for characterizing the colonial system solely in terms of force has an important consequence.

Much of the best recent writing on modernity and postmodernity has been developed in the field of cultural studies, which tends to focus on these intellectual and cultural forms of representation, together with related spheres such as architecture, music, and fashion. As I have already suggested, however, modernity's methods of staging and representation structure much more than what we designate as the cultural and intellectual spheres. I will briefly discuss three broader aspects of the experience of modernity that can be understood in relation to the staging of the world as representation.

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