White Mythologies: Writing History and the West

White Mythologies Writing History and the West We must many now argue get back to history but which one History has always been a problematical concept in Western theory particularly for Marxism In the wake of postmodernism its status has beco

  • Title: White Mythologies: Writing History and the West
  • Author: Robert J.C. Young
  • ISBN: 9780415053723
  • Page: 122
  • Format: Paperback
  • We must, many now argue, get back to history but which one History has always been a problematical concept in Western theory, particularly for Marxism In the wake of postmodernism, its status has become ever less certain Is it possible to write history that avoids the trap of Eurocentrism Robert Young s investigation of the history of History , from Hegel and Marx toWe must, many now argue, get back to history but which one History has always been a problematical concept in Western theory, particularly for Marxism In the wake of postmodernism, its status has become ever less certain Is it possible to write history that avoids the trap of Eurocentrism Robert Young s investigation of the history of History , from Hegel and Marx to Althusser and Foucault, calls into question the Eurocentrism of traditional Marxist accounts of a single World History , in which, as he shows, the Third World appears as an unassimilable excess, surplus to the narrative of the West Young goes on to consider recent questionings of the limits of Western knowledge He argues that the efforts of Edward Said, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak and Homi Bhabha to formulate non historicist ways of thinking and writing history are part of a larger project of a decolonisation of History and a deconstruction of the West.

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    1. This book is a treasure chest of insights. Each chapter looks at one scholar and his or her intervention into the ongoing discussion pertaining to the question of whether "world history" is necessarily a Eurocentric concept.At times, the text is jargon-heavy and if one is unfamiliar with the intricacies of a particular scholar's work, then one may feel lost. I recommend familiarizing oneself with some of the works of scholars like Satre, Jameson, Foucault, Said, Spivak, Bhabha to obtain a cursor [...]

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