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Introduction

Lisa Rofel

in Other Modernities

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 1999 | ISBN: 9780520210783
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520919860 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520210783.003.0001
Introduction

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This book addresses the cultural politics of modernity in the late twentieth century. It suggests how modernity is imagined, pursued, and experienced not in the Euro-American centers that have conventionally been designated as the preeminent origins of modernity, but rather in those places marked by a deferred relationship to modernity. This chapter proposes that modernity persists as an imaginary and continuously shifting site of global/local claims, commitments, and knowledge, forged within uneven dialogues about the place of those who move in and out of categories of otherness. The analysis in the book centers on stories—narratives that contribute to the construction of social life.

Keywords: anthropology; cultural politics; modernity; social life

Chapter.  13873 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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