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Postcolonial Modernities

Ashcroft, Bill (2014) Postcolonial Modernities. Kyiv-Mohyla Humanities Journal, 1. pp. 3-26. ISSN 2313-4895

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Abstract

A major feature of post-colonial theory has been its ability to analyse historical developments of culture: expressions of anti-colonial nationalism; the paradoxical dissolution of the idea of nation along with the continuous persistence of national concerns; the question of language and appropriation; of the transformation of literary genres; the question of ethnicity and its relation to the state. But the broader question for this century concerns the way in which postcolonial theory is positioned to approach the continuing issues of global power, global interaction and cultural difference in the coming century. One answer to this has been a growing, and now well-established, interest in cultural and ethnic mobility, of diaspora, of transnational and cosmopolitan interactions. This article goes beyond this to analyse modernity using the tools of postcolonial theory to argue for the multiplicity of modernities. Modernities proceed in various ways, but the process of transformation demonstrated by the literary model can be adapted to examine the proliferation of alternative and multiple modernities. Special attention shall be given to India and China as alternative modernities to help to re-think the nature of modernity itself.


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Ashcroft, Bill
Keywords: Postcolonial; modernities; Western modernity; transformation; India; China; Afro modernity
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cultural Evolution
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
Depositing User: Aleksandra I. Yaroshenko
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2019 20:20
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2019 20:20
Item ID: 16158
Journal or Publication Title: Kyiv-Mohyla Humanities Journal
Publisher: National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
Official URL: http://kmhj.ukma.edu.ua/article/view/25707
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.18523/kmhj25707.2014-1.3-26
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cultural Evolution
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
Date: 2014
Page Range: pp. 3-26
Volume: 1
ISSN: 2313-4895
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16158

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