sexta-feira, dezembro 02, 2005

Leitura de fim-de-semana

Crítica ao livro de Dipesh Chakrabarty Provincializing Europe. Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference, 2000.

"Repeat after me, 'India is different, India is different, India is different'". Titoo Ahluwalia, the 'marketing guru' cited in the Wall Street Journal [Chakrabarty:48], is most likely unaware of the crucial debate Dipesh Chakrabarty proposes in his Provincializing Europe. Postcolonial thought and historical difference. And yet, in the attempt to seduce American capital eager to invest in the 'emerging' Indian market, Ahluwalia's claim for difference can be read as setting the ground for Chakrabarty's critique of the use of an European 'metanarrative' for the understanding of Indian history in its 'hyperreal' indeterminateness. Pushing the question a little further, I wish to consider some of the theoretical implications implied by his main arguments. But in his unawareness and productive misrecognition, I believe, Ahluwalia was right - India is indeed different. Let me elaborate on this question, first things first.

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1 comentário:

pr_republica disse...

Sim, moço, podes linkar-me agora que saí do armário.... Qualquer dia decido-me a fecha-lo novamente e eu com ele. Por enquanto estaremos abertos ao público expondo as tendências, tendencialmente, neurótico-romântico-depressivas de uma imperatriz destronada (vulgo: presidente).

Beijos meus e não penses que te safas da crítica. Porque raio não sabia eu disto há mais tempo?