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Navigating Modernity: Postcolonialism, Identity, and International Relations

Albert J. Paolini, edited by Anthony Elliott and Anthony Moran
 
ISBN: 978-1-55587-875-7
$28.00
1999/228 pages/LC: 99-19297
Critical Perspectives on World Politics

"Navigating Modernity is a valuable addition to the existing literature on poststructuralism and international relations."—S. Sayyid, Millennium

"Paolini's detailed analysis makes possible a sophisticated integration of the Third World into IR, and hence enables an IR worthy of the name."—Jutta Weldes, American Political Science Review

DESCRIPTION

Placing the debate squarely within the discipline of international relations, Albert Paolini assesses the key personal and political dimensions of postcolonialism—one of the major political and cultural issues of the current era.

Paolini is concerned with the connections among postcolonialism, globalization, and modernity, and he offers one of the first detailed statements of those connections to be undertaken in the field of IR. Focusing on the Third World, and particularly sub-Saharan African, he questions dominant notions of identity and subjectivity in the social sciences.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The late Albert Paolini was lecturer in international relations in the Department of Political Science at La Trobe University (Australia). Anthony Elliott is research fellow at the Department of Political Science, University of Melbourne (Australia). His most recent books include Subject To Ourselves, The Mourning of John Lennon, and Social Theory and Psychoanalysis in Transition; he is also editor of Freud 2000 and The Blackwell Reader in Contemporary Social Theory. Anthony Moran is completing a Ph.D. in the Department of Political Science, University of Melbourne (Australia); his research focuses on the areas of nationalism and racism.

CONTENTS

  • Introduction.
  • Beyond the Discourse of International Relations: Culture, Identity, and North-South Relations.
  • POSTCOLONIALISM AND THE THIRD WORLD.
  • The Genealogy of Postcolonialism.
  • The Politics of Resistance and Difference.
  • Inscribing Ambivalence and Hybridity.
  • GLOBALIZATION AND MODERNITY IN THE THIRD WORLD.
  • Mapping Globalization.
  • Globalizing the World and Incorporating the Third World.
  • The Consumption of Modernity and the Politics of the Everyday.
  • Epilogue.