Postcolonial Thought and Social Theory by Julian Go

Postcolonial Thought and Social Theory

byJulian Go

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Social scientists have long been resistant to the set of ideas known as "postcolonial thought." Meanwhile, postcolonial scholars have considered social science to be an impoverished discipline that is part of the intellectual problem for postcolonial liberation, not the solution. Thisdivergence is fitting, given that postcolonial thought emerged from the anticolonial revolutions of the twentieth century and has since become an enterprise in the academic humanities, while social theory was born as an intellectual justification for empire and has since been institutionalized insocial science. Given such divisions - and at times direct opposition - is it possible to reconcile the two? Postcolonial Thought and Social Theory explores the divergences and generative convergences between these two distinct bodies of thought. It asks how the intellectually insurrectionary ideas of postcolonial thinkers, such as Franz Fanon, Amilcar Cabral, Edward Said, Homi Bhabha and Gayatri Spivak,among others, pose a radical epistemic challenge to social theory. It charts the different ways in which social theory might be refashioned to meet the challenge and excavates the often hidden sociological assumptions of postcolonial thought. While various scholars suggest that postcolonial thoughtand social science are incompatible, this book illuminates how they are mutually beneficial, and argues for a third wave of postcolonial thought emerging from social science but also surmounting the narrow confines of disciplinary boundaries.

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Julian Go is Professor of Sociology and Faculty Affiliate in Asian Studies at Boston University. He has held Visiting Fellowships and Professorships at the London School of Economics, Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, University of Lucerne in Switzerland, and the Third World Studies Center in the Philippines. His previous books on ...
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Title:Postcolonial Thought and Social TheoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:October 13, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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