Chakrabarty Front Cover Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference is about recognising the limitations of Western. Provincializing Europe is one of the first book-length treatments on how postcolonial thinking impacts on the social sciences. This book This imaginary Europe, Chakrabarty argues, is built right into the social sciences. Dipesh Chakrabarty. First published in , Dipesh Chakrabarty’s influentialProvincializing Europeaddresses the mythical figure of Europe that is often taken to be the origina.
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Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference is about recognising the limitations of Western social science in explaining the historical experiences of political modernity in South Asia.
Chakhrabarty offers a critique of the Enlightenment concepts of a universal human experience and of secular modernity. Provincializing Europe is set in the intersection between subaltern studies and postcolonial theory. In alignment with postcolonial theory, Chakrabarty offers a critique of historicism both as philosophical thought and a conceptual category.
In other words, Chakrabarty locates a problem in Enlightenment philosophy for assuming the human as an abstract figure.
Postcolonial thought, as Chakrabarty suggests, is invested in understanding the different conditions of being, which, in a way, allows one to recognize the diversity of human experiences. It is this recognition of diversity that compels Chakrabarty to describe the visions and experiences of political modernity in India as different from Europe.
Chakrabarty therefore, chooses to displace the temporal structure that historicism as a mode of thinking represents.
Dipesh Chakrabarty’s Provincializing of Europe – Not Even Past
As Chakrabarty problematises this linear temporal frame he proposes an alternative reading of the processes of global political modernity by engaging with its antinomies.
Furthermore, Provincializing Europe rejects the idea of dipwsh universal history of the globalisation of capital by examining the multiple constitutive dipeh of that history.
Provincializing Europe also reflects on the problem of conceiving history as a secular subject. Chakrabarty considers secular histories inadequate when it comes to explaining the postcolonial conditions of being.
Since the task of conceptualising the present in the postcolonial context is laden with such anachronisms, Chakrabarty seeks to develop a conceptual framework that take into account other forms of the past, other histories that capital encountered as its antecedents.
In other words, the idea of Provincializing Europe matters for its reincarnation of the other forms of the past; pasts that constitute the postcolonial conditions of being and belonging.
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