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Type: Thesis
Title: Critical theory, modernity and the question of post-colonial identity / Wajid Ali Ranjha.
Author: Ranjha, Wajid Ali
Issue Date: 1998
School/Discipline: Dept. of Politics
Abstract: This thesis seeks to understand the interrelation of knowledge, power and culture in the context of globalization. Crisis of Marxism has prompted intense reflection on the nature of modernity as a post-cultural phenomenon. This discourse highlights forms of domination and resistance neglected by Marxism and Liberalism. Intellectual developments in the West have acquired a halo of universality which makes it difficult for outsiders to recognise their limitations. The debate between modernists and postmodernists is a case in point. Post-colonial theorists appropriation of post-structuralism, thematic and methodological, raises questions about their own relationship to Western theory and whether their analyses neglect material aspects of globalization as well as problems specific to post-colonial societies. This thesis contends that it is unnecessary to absolutise the "culture vs. materialism" dichotomy. While it may be true that the cultural is "always already" political, critical theory must insist on foregrounding a more activist notion of political agency in a conjecture marked by global management of dissent, economic fundamentalism, media spectacles and cynical conflation of democracy with consumption.
Dissertation Note: Thesis (Ph.D.) -- University of Adelaide, Dept. of Politics, 1998?
Subject: Political science Philosophy.
Critical theory.
Postmodernism Political aspects.
Description: Bibliography: leaves 308-316.
v, 346 leaves ; 30 cm.
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