Beyond Dichotomies

Histories, Identities, Cultures, and the Challenge of Globalization

Edited by Elisabeth Mudimbe-Boyi

Subjects: Cultural Studies
Series: SUNY series, Explorations in Postcolonial Studies
Paperback : 9780791453841, 343 pages, July 2002
Hardcover : 9780791453834, 343 pages, July 2002

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Table of contents


Elisabeth Mudimbe-Boyi


1. The Perspective of the World: Globalization Then and Now
Michel-Rolph Trouillot

2. Modernity and Periphery: Toward a Global and Relational Analysis
Mary Louise Pratt

3. Beyond Dichotomies: Communicative Action and Cultural Hegemony
Emmanuel Chukwudi Eze

4. Mankind's Proverbial Imagination: Critical Perspectives on Human Universals As a Global Challenge
Mineke Schipper


5. Bringing History Back In: Of Diasporas, Hybridities, Places, and Histories
Arif Dirlik

6. The Romance of Africa: Three Narratives by African-American Women
Eileen Julien

7. Ethnicity As Otherness in British Identity Politics
Robert J. C. Young

Chapter Eight Reincarnating Immigrant Biography: On Migration and Transmigration
Akhil Gupta


9. Warped Speech: The Politics of Global Translation
Emily Apter

10. National Identity and Immigration: American Polity, Nativism, and the "Alien"
Ali Behdad

11. Richard Wright As a Specular Border Intellectual: The Politics of Identification in Black Power
Abdul JanMohamed

12. Beyond Dichotomies: Translation/Transculturation and the Colonial Difference
Walter D. Mignolo and Freya Schiwy

Conclusion: The Unforeseeable Diversity of the World
Edouard Glissant (English translation by Haun Saussy)

About the Contributors


Confronts the cultural challenges of globalization.


Beyond Dichotomies examines literary texts, cultural production, and concrete local practices within the context of modernity and globalization by focusing on the ways in which some societies confront the complexity of cultures reflected in new forms of knowledge, narratives, and subjectivities. The contributors explore how particular societies negotiate the relations between the global and the local, and use a geographical, comparative perspective combined with an interdisciplinary approach to offer a diversity of views and illuminate the cultural impact of globalization on different societies around the world: Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. These societies face complex questions regarding people's histories, identities, and cultures that embody the ambivalence, contradictions, and anxieties generated by the process of globalization. The contributors provide a compelling conclusion for a rethinking and reconfiguration of cultures and intercultural relations in today's global world in which dichotomized representations coexist with a discourse of globalization.

Elisabeth Mudimbe-Boyi is Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Stanford University and the author of L'Oeuvre romanesque de Jacques-Stephen Alexis: une écriture poétique, un engagement politique.


"While the book offers a critical retrospective appraisal, it is also a reminder of the valuable perspectives and analytical tools that postcolonial studies have offered. " — H-Net Reviews (H-Gender-MidEast)

"Culture is taken here in a very inclusive sense to denote not only ways of living, doing, and forms of expression, but also to designate the responses associated with the sociological determinations of race, gender, and class. The book examines how these and other points of reference affect the relations between peoples and individuals across cultures and geographical boundaries. " — F. Abiola Irele, Ohio State University