Refashioning Futures: Criticism after Postcoloniality (Princeton Studies in Culture/Power/History)

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How can we best forge a theoretical practice that directly addresses the struggles of once-colonized countries, many of which face the collapse of both state and society in today's era of economic reform? David Scott argues that recent cultural theories aimed at "deconstructing" Western representations of the non-West have been successful to a point, but that changing realities in these countries require a new approach. In Refashioning Futures, he proposes a strategic practice of criticism that brings the political more clearly into view in areas of the world where the very coherence of a secular-modern project can no longer be taken for granted.

Through a series of linked essays on culture and politics in his native Jamaica and in Sri Lanka, the site of his long scholarly involvement, Scott examines the ways in which modernity inserted itself into and altered the lives of the colonized. The institutional procedures encoded in these modern postcolonial states and their legal systems come under scrutiny, as do our contemporary languages of the political. Scott demonstrates that modern concepts of political representation, community, rights, justice, obligation, and the common good do not apply universally and require reconsideration. His ultimate goal is to describe the modern colonial past in a way that enables us to appreciate more deeply the contours of our historical present and that enlarges the possibility of reshaping it.

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Addressing the problem of forging a theoretical practice that deals with the struggles of once-colonized countries with crumbling societies, the author proposes a strategic practice of criticism that brings the political more clearly into view. Through a series of linked essays on culture and politics in his native Jamaica and Sri Lanka, the book examines the ways in which modernity inserted itself and altered the lives of the colonized. The institutional procedures encoded in these modern post-colonial states and their legal systems come under scrutiny, as do our contemporary languages of the political. The author's aim is to demonstrate that modern concepts of political representation, community, rights, obligation, and the common good do not apply universally and require reconsideration. His ultimate goal is to describe the modern colonial past in a way that enables us to appreciate more deeply the contours of our historical present and that enlarges the possibility of reshaping it.

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Scott, David
Editorial: Princeton University Press (1999)
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Scott, David
Editorial: Princeton University Press (1999)
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