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Southern Thought and Other Essays on the Mediterranean

Franco Cassano

Edited by Norma Bouchard and Valerio Ferme

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780823233649
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823241750 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823233649.001.0001
Southern Thought and Other Essays on the Mediterranean

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This book, which ranges between the fields of sociology, political science, philosophy, cultural anthropology, and literature, offers a critique of normative models of modernization derived from Eurocentric and North Atlantic paradigms, while claiming that autonomous paths to modernity exist in the Mediterranean and the so-called Global Souths. Its rethinking of the South seeks to reverse the North–South relationship: “not to think of the South in light of modernity, but rather to think of modernity in light of the South.” In this work, the South is no longer a belated, imperfect, incomplete, and not-yet North, but the space of a differential, autonomous identity to be recovered and rediscovered. Thus, the book not only exemplifies a critique of Occidentalism but represents an attempt to restore agency and dignity to the heritage and legacies of Southern civilizations and cultures. Four additional essays supplement this English translation of the original Italian book.

Keywords: Global Souths; North–South relationship; autonomous identity; cultural anthropology; Occidentalism; modernization; Eurocentric paradigms; North Atlantic paradigms; modernity; Southern civilizations

Book.  224 pages. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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Introduction: For a Thought from the South in Southern Thought and Other Essays on the Mediterranean

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Going Slow in Southern Thought and Other Essays on the Mediterranean

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Of Land and Sea in Southern Thought and Other Essays on the Mediterranean

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Thinking the Frontier in Southern Thought and Other Essays on the Mediterranean

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The Fundamentalism of the Rat Race in Southern Thought and Other Essays on the Mediterranean

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Albert Camus: The Need for Southern Thought in Southern Thought and Other Essays on the Mediterranean

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Pier Paolo Pasolini: Life as Oxymoron in Southern Thought and Other Essays on the Mediterranean

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Europe and Southern Thought in Southern Thought and Other Essays on the Mediterranean

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Cardinal Knowledge in Southern Thought and Other Essays on the Mediterranean

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Against All Fundamentalisms: The New Mediterranean in Southern Thought and Other Essays on the Mediterranean

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