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By Neil Lazarus

This wide-ranging research comprises person chapers on modernity, globalization and the "West," nationalism and decolonization, cricket and well known cognizance within the English-speaking Caribbean, and African pop song. Neil Lazarus deals prolonged discussions of the paintings of such influential writers, critics and activists as Frantz Fanon, C. L. R. James, Edward acknowledged, Gayatri Spivak, Samir Amin, Raymond Williams, Paul Gilroy and Partha Chatterjee. This booklet is a politically targeted, materialist intervention into postcolonial and cultural stories, and constitutes a huge reappraisal of the debates on politics and tradition in those fields.

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Eisenstadt - a scholar of repute occupying a position close to the center of the modernization theory project - argues that Instead of perceiving modernization as the final stage in the fulfillment of the evolutionary potential common to all societies - of which the European experience was the most important and succinct manifestation and paradigm - modernization (or modernity) should be viewed as one specific civilization or phenomenon. 20 Giddens, too, asks himself Weber's question about the "Westernness" of modernity.

What we are referring to here is therefore more than the collapse of the traditional historic agencies of change. 47 Hall's theoretical standpoint is, of course, profoundly invested politically. It is elaborated as part of an active intervention into ongoing debates about the future of socialism and radical democracy in (post-)Thatcherite Britain, and elsewhere in Europe and North America. This is enough to distinguish it categorically from a fully postmodernist standpoint such as Jean Baudrillard's, for instance, which styles itself as ''post-political/' promotes an Olympian disdain for political activism and is - in its ideological thrust, and despite its mannered avant-gardism - both elitist and deeply conservative.

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. "Marx's vision of emancipation," he concedes, "entailed a journey beyond the rule of capital, in fact beyond the notion of juridical equality that liberalism holds so sacred" (p.

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