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Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought…

Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference (2000)

by Dipesh Chakrabarty

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Dipesh Chakrabarty argues that all history has had Europe as its subject because the intellectual contributions of Europe (Marxism, enlightenment rationality, secular humanism) have been taken as universals. While recognizing that these intellectual theories have relevance outside of Europe (he is himself a committed Marxist), he argues against the idea that all Modernity must be European bourgeois modernity. He argues against a historicism that posits that all history must be progressive,and against the idea that developing nations who manifest capitalism differently should be seen as 'in the waiting room of history or representing an incomplete transition to capitalist modernity. Instead he seeks to demonstrate, through examples from Bengali history, the myriad ways in which indigenous intellectual traditions and cultural values interact with European intellectual traditions to create unique modernities that should be seen as no less whole for all their differences. ( )
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First published in 2000, Dipesh Chakrabarty's influential Provincializing Europe addresses the mythical figure of Europe that is often taken to be the original site of modernity in many histories of capitalist transition in non-Western countries. This imaginary Europe, Dipesh Chakrabarty argues, is built into the social sciences. The very idea of historicizing carries with it some peculiarly European assumptions about disenchanted space, secular time, and sovereignty. Measured against such mythical standards, capitalist transition in the third world has often seemed either incomplete or lacking. Provincializing Europe proposes that every case of transition to capitalism is a case of translation as well--a translation of existing worlds and their thought--categories into the categories and self-understandings of capitalist modernity. Now featuring a new preface in which Chakrabarty responds to his critics, this book globalizes European thought by exploring how it may be renewed both for and from the margins.

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