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By Neil Lazarus

This wide-ranging learn includes person chapers on modernity, globalization and the "West," nationalism and decolonization, cricket and renowned realization within the English-speaking Caribbean, and African pop track. Neil Lazarus deals prolonged discussions of the paintings of such influential writers, critics and activists as Frantz Fanon, C. L. R. James, Edward stated, Gayatri Spivak, Samir Amin, Raymond Williams, Paul Gilroy and Partha Chatterjee. This e-book is a politically centred, materialist intervention into postcolonial and cultural stories, and constitutes an incredible reappraisal of the debates on politics and tradition in those fields.

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12 In Hobsbawm's account of the current conjuncture (which is widely representative in just this respect), transformation is ubiquitous, but appears to have no material foundation. " 13 The point is that the years since 1968 - so often cited as the year zero of "endism" and "post-" thought alike - seem to me to have borne witness not to any putative transcendence or leaving behind of capitalist modernity but, on the contrary, to a consolidation of the historical patterns of bourgeois class domination.

4). " "Marx's methodological/epistemological statements have not always successfully resisted historicist readings. There has always remained enough ambiguity in these statements to make possible the emergence of 'Marxist' historical narratives" (p. 4). And it quickly becomes apparent that for Chakrabarty such "historicist" narratives are ultimately defining of Marxism: for he goes on to produce a reading of Marx's writings that collapses them seamlessly into (Eurocentric) "history": 29 27 Nationalism and cultural practice The coming of the bourgeois or capitalist society, Marx argues in the Grundrisse and elsewhere, gives rise for the first time to a history that can be apprehended through a philosophical and universal category, "capital/ 7 History becomes, for the first time, theoretically knowable.

From the standpoint of "history" or "social science," Chakrabarty claims, "[o]nly 'Europe' . . , at the level of the fundamental categories that shape historical thinking) knowable; all other histories are matters of empirical research that fleshes out a theoretical skeleton which is substantially 'Europe'" (p. 3). Concerning Marx and Marxism, Chakrabarty pays lip service to Guha's conceptualization of the radical difference of the Grundrisse the degree to which Marx's concepts and methods break decisively with those of bourgeois science.

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