History's Disquiet: Modernity, Cultural Practice, and the Question of Everyday Life

Paperback | March 8, 2002

byHarry Harootunian

not yet rated|write a review

Acclaimed historian Harry Harootunian calls attention to the boundaries, real and theoretical, that compartmentalize the world around us. In one of the first works to explore on equal footing European and Japanese conceptions of modernity-as imagined in the writings of Georg Simmel and Walter Benjamin, as well as ethnologist Yanagita Kunio and Marxist philosopher Tosaka Jun-Harootunian seeks to expose the problematic nature of scholarly categories. In doing so, History's Disquiet presents intellectual genealogies of such orthodox notions as "field" and "modernity" and other concepts intellectuals in the East and West have used to understand the changing world around them. Contrasting reflections on everyday life in Japan and Europe, Harootunian shows how responses to capitalist society were expressed in similar ways: social critics in both regions alleged a broad sense of alienation, particularly among the middle class. However, he also points out that Japanese critics viewed modernity as a condition in which Japan-without the lengthy period of capitalist modernization that characterized Europe and America-was either "catching up" with those regions or "copying" them.

As elegantly written as it is controversial, this book is both an invitation for rethinking intellectual boundaries and an invigorating affirmation that such boundaries can indeed be broken down.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$30.00

Ships within 1-3 weeks
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

Acclaimed historian Harry Harootunian calls attention to the boundaries, real and theoretical, that compartmentalize the world around us. In one of the first works to explore on equal footing European and Japanese conceptions of modernity-as imagined in the writings of Georg Simmel and Walter Benjamin, as well as ethnologist Yanagita ...

Harry Harootunian is professor of history and director of East Asian Studies at New York University. He is author of Toward Restoration and Things Seen and Unseen. He lives in New York City.

other books by Harry Harootunian

Modern Chinese Literary and Cultural Studies in the Age of Theory: Reimagining a Field
Modern Chinese Literary and Cultural Studies in the Age...

Kobo ebook|Dec 14 2000

$25.29 online$32.74list price(save 22%)
National History and the World of Nations: Capital, State, and the Rhetoric of History in Japan…
National History and the World of Nations: Capital, Sta...

Kobo ebook|Dec 26 2008

$26.29 online$34.06list price(save 22%)
Chinese Reportage: The Aesthetics of Historical Experience
Chinese Reportage: The Aesthetics of Historical Experie...

Kobo ebook|Sep 20 2002

$26.29 online$34.06list price(save 22%)
see all books by Harry Harootunian
Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 8.75 × 1 × 0.68 inPublished:March 8, 2002Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231117957

ISBN - 13:9780231117951

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of History's Disquiet: Modernity, Cultural Practice, and the Question of Everyday Life

Reviews

Extra Content

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Unavoidable "Actuality'' of Everyday Life1: Tracking the Dinosaur: Area Studies in a Time of "Globalism''2: The "Mystery of the Everyday": Everydayness in History3: "Dialectical Optics'': Everydayness in History

Editorial Reviews

This is an extraordinary book... It should be read and reread.