Postmodernism and the Other

Postmodernism and the Other : New Imperialism of Western Culture

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Postmodernism has often been presented as a new theory of liberation that promotes pluralism and gives representation to the marginalised peoples of the non-west and `other' cultures. In this major assessment of postmodernism from a non-western perspective, Ziauddin Sardar offers a radical critique of this view. Covering the salient spheres of postmodernism - from architecture, film, television and pop music, to philosophy, consumer lifestyles and new age religions - Sardar reveals that postmodernism in fact operates to further marginalise the reality of the non-west and confound its aspirations. By tracing postmodernism's roots in colonialism and modernity, Sardar demonstrates that the dominant contemporary intellectual fashion, peddling an insidiously oppressive and subtle revisionism, is the most comprehensive onslaught on the non-west ever experienced. In stern retort, the author offers ways in which the peoples of the non-west can counter the postmodern assault and survive with their identities, histories and cultures intact.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 344 pages
  • 146.05 x 228.6 x 31.75mm | 453.59g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745307485
  • 9780745307480

About Ziauddin Sardar

Stephen Nugent is the head of the Anthropology Department at Goldsmiths College, University of London, a song writer (with Ian Dury) and the author (with Humphrey Ocean) of Big Mouth: The Amazon Speaks (Fourth Estate, 1990). Cris Shore is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Auckland (New Zealand). His most recent publications are: Up Close and Personal: On Peripheral Perspectives and the Production of Anthropological Knowledge', Oxford/New York: Berghahn (co-edited with Susanna Trnka, 2013) and 'The Sage Handbook of Social Anthropology'.show more

Table of contents

Introduction: `Be Seeing You' 1. Take Me, I'm Yours 2. The Joys of Cynical Power 3. A Grand Memory For Forgetting 4. Recycling Shampoo 5. Convenient Fictions 6. The Fairy Tales of Science 7. The Rivers of Belief 8. Surviving Postmodernism Bibliography Indexshow more

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'A far reaching critique from a non-western perspective' -- The Tribune on Sundayshow more

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