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Global Fragments

Globalizations, Latinamericanisms, and Critical Theory

Eduardo Mendieta

Publication Year: 2007

Global Fragments offers an innovative analysis of globalization that aims to circumvent the sterile dichotomies that either praise or demonize globalization. Eduardo Mendieta applies an interdisciplinary approach to one of the most fundamental experiences of globalization: the mega-urbanization of humanity. The claim that globalization unsettles our epistemic maps of the world is tested against a study of Latin America. Mendieta also recontextualizes the work of three major theorists of globalization—Enrique Dussel, Cornel West, and Jürgen Habermas—to show how their thinking reflects engagement with central problems of globalization and, conversely, how globalization itself is exemplified through the reception of their work. Beyond the epistemic hubris of social theories that seek to accept or reject a globalized world, Mendieta calls for a dialogic cosmopolitanism that departs from the mutuality of teaching and learning in a world that is global but not totalized.

Published by: State University of New York Press

Title Page

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CONTENTS

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pp. v-

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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pp. vii-viii

This book was conceived as a whole, made up of parts, parts that would be written as time allowed. The parts have taken longer to compile and write than I intended. I must first of all thank Jane Bunker, editor-in-chief at State University of New York Press Press, for taking this project under her wing. I also want to thank the State University of New York Press editorial board,...

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Introduction: Epistemic Hubris and Dialogical Cosmopolitanism

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pp. 1-13

Globalization is to many pure ideology, and it is an ideology that operates at different levels, with different degrees of effectiveness, to the evident benefit of a very few. To many, globalization helps describe and name a new societal situation that is different not just in degree but also in kind from what preceded it, even if a precise dateline is not forthcoming. To many...

Part 1: Globalizations

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1. Philosophizing Globalizations

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pp. 17-34

Philosophy may be understood as an attempt to think things in a unified way, either by getting at the root of things, or by trying to think the processes that link them. Philosophy is also history captured in thought, as Hegel put it, and thus, it is a particular historical period’s portrait of itself, with all of its hopes and prejudices painted in philosophemes. Since Vico,...

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2. Invisible Cities: A Phenomenology of Globalization from Below

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pp. 35-56

There are many who think globalization to be the latest intellectual fashion, devoid of content, rich in rhetoric and vitriol. The polarization of positions concerning the meaning of globalization betrays less a substantive grasp of the issues in question and more a penchant to use this word as a stand-in for favorite strawman positions. Nonetheless, we can say that globalization concerns the fundamental issue whether our experience as well as representation...

Part 2. Latinamericanisms

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3. From Modernity, through Postmodernity, to Globalization: Mapping Latin America

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pp. 59-77

From the outset we must dispense with what seem to be de rigueur declarations of either consternation or bafflement before the proliferation of positions and discourses on postmodernity. This proliferation, in fact, reaches exponential proportions when we include the challenges formulated from Latin America and the so-called postcolonial world. Consternation is...

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4. Remapping Latin American Studies: Postcolonialism, Subaltern Studies, Postoccidentalism, and Globalization Theory

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pp. 79-95

When we think about Latin America from the perspective of the United States we cannot help but to think of a series of pivotal dates: 1848 and the Mexican American War; 1898 and the Spanish American War; 1910 and the Mexican Revolution; 1945 and the end of World War II; 1959, the Cuban Revolution; 1973, Pinochet and the assassination of Allende; 1979, the...

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5. The Emperor’s Map: Latin American Critiques of Globalism

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pp. 97-107

There are many globalizations, and all of them are not always in accord at any given time. Sometimes, some globalizations work against others. Generally, some globalizations are not simultaneous with others. Globalization is not global at once and all over. This internal heterogeneity breeds conflict, but also other perspectives on globalization. A way to deal with this internal...

Part 3. Critical Theory

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6. Beyond Universal History: Enrique Dussel’s Critique of Globalization

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pp. 111-123

Geopolitics has always determined the cartography according to which history is written.1 As Adrienne Rich put it: “A place on the map is a place in history.”2 Conversely, a time in history is also a place on a map. This is more than a question of perspective, for it insists that history happens more forcefully, authentically, as if for the first time, in certain places, with the...

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7. Politics in an Age of Planetarization: Enrique Dussel’s Critique of Political Reason

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pp. 125-140

The canon of political thought is not exempt from the identity crises that besiege all other similar practices of giving shape and continuity to a cultural identity. This means that like the religious, literary, legal, and philosophical canons that identify a culture, the political canon is at the mercy of the forces that shape history, while also contributing to the thrust of that history. This...

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8. The Linguistification of the Sacredas a Catalyst of Modernity: J

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pp. 141-167

The question of religion is once again at the forefront of critical thought precisely because in it are crystallized some of the most serious and pressing questions of contemporary social thought: the relationship between social structure and rationality; between reason as a universal standard and the inescapable fact that reason is embodied only historically and in contingent...

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9. Which Pragmatism? Whose America?On Cornel West

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pp. 169-186

Pragmatism has once again become a worthy and formidable philosophical movement, after having been eclipsed during most of the twentieth century1 Yet, the revival and resc.ue of pragmatism is linked to some of the same reasons that have made poststructuralism, deconstruction, postmodernism, and postcolonial theory the vogue of the academy and the talk of highbrow...

NOTES

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pp. 187-217

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INDEX

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pp. 219-226

Global Fragments offers an innovative analysis of globalization that aims tocircumvent the sterile dichotomies that either praise or demonize globalization.Eduardo Mendieta applies an interdisciplinary approach to one of the mostfundamental experiences of globalization: the mega-urbanization of humanity.The claim that globalization unsettles our epistemic maps of the world is tested...


E-ISBN-13: 9780791479278
Print-ISBN-13: 9780791472576

Page Count: 234
Publication Year: 2007

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  • Latin America -- Foreign relations -- 1980-.
  • Civilization, Modern -- 21st century.
  • Critical theory.
  • Globalization.
  • Globalization -- Philosophy.
  • Globalization -- Social aspects -- Latin America.
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