OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Beyond Reason: Postcolonial Theory and the Social Sciences

ISBN : 9780197500583

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¥7,689
著者: 
Sanjay Seth
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264 ページ
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Hardcover
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156 x 235 mm
刊行日
2021年02月
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The knowledge disseminated by universities and mobilized by states to govern populations has been globally dominant for more than a century. It first emerged in the early modern period in Europe and subsequently became globalized through colonialism. Despite the historical and cultural specificity of its origins, modern Western knowledge was thought to have transcended its particularities such that, unlike pre-modern and non-Western knowledges, it was "universal," or true for all times and places. In this bold and ambitious book, Sanjay Seth argues that modern knowledge and the social sciences are a product of Western modernity claiming a spurious universality: that what we treat as the "truths" discovered by social scientific reason are instead a parochial knowledge. Drawing upon and deriving its critical energies principally from postcolonial theory, Beyond Reason traverses many disciplines, including science studies, social history, art and music history, political science, and anthropology, and engages with a range of contemporary thinkers including Butler, Habermas, Chakrabarty, Chatterjee, and Rawls. It demonstrates that while global in their impact, the social sciences do not and cannot transcend the Western historical and cultural circumstances in which they emerged. If the social sciences are not explained and validated simply by the fact that they are "true," it becomes possible to ask what purpose they serve, what it is that they "do." A defining feature of modern knowledge is that it is divided into disciplines, each with its own object of inquiry and corresponding protocols, and thus asking what such knowledge "does" requires asking what purpose disciplines serve. It also requires asking what ways of understanding the world they facilitate and what they disallow. Beyond Reason proceeds to anatomize the disciplines of history and political science to ask what representations and relations with the past and with politics these academic disciplines enable, and what ways of understanding and engaging the world they foreclose.

目次: 

Acknowledgements
Introduction
PART I: MODERN WESTERN KNOWELDGE UNDER CHALLENGE
Chapter 1: Unsettling the Modern Knowledge Settlement
Chapter 2: Defending Reason: A Postcolonial Critique
PART II: POSTCOLONIALISM AND SOCIAL SCIENCE
Chapter 3: The Code of History
Chapter 4: The Anachronism of History
Chapter 5: International Relations: Amnesia and Empire
Chapter 6: Political Theory and the Bourgeois Public Sphere
Epilogue: Knowledge and Politics
Bibliography
Index

著者について: 

Sanjay Seth is Professor of Politics and Director of the Centre for Postcolonial Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has published extensively in the fields of postcolonial theory, modern Indian history, political and social theory, and international relations, including two previous books and two edited books. His articles have appeared a wide range of journals, including The American Historical Review, Journal of Asian Studies, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Social Text, Cultural Sociology, and International Political Sociology, and some of these have been translated into Portuguese and Spanish. He is a founding co-editor of Postcolonial Studies.

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