Empire of Knowledge: Culture and Plurality in the Global Economy

Empire of Knowledge: Culture and Plurality in the Global Economy

Vinay Lal

Language: English

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ISBN: 8178295954

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placed within some narratological framework which cannot tolerate a more expansive outlook. Thus the Rwandan genocide of 1994 is put down to age-old African hostilities, to the barbarism of tribal politics; the massacre of Bosnian Muslims is described as part of the history of intractable Balkan conflicts 44 Empire of Knowledge shrouded in myths and half-truths and conducted by fanatics; and the Cambodian genocide unleashed by Pol Pot and his acolytes is cast aside as a unique form of

previous night and had been placed under the rule of a government led by nationalists. The nation-state did not emerge in the twentieth century, but the inventory of this political formation grew spectacularly in the period following World War II as the European powers were divested of their colonies; and again, following the demise of the Soviet Union, the nation-state system witnessed a new breath of life, despite various prognostications about its death. Politics in Our Times 45 It has

sciences are nearly everywhere the same, and the most one can admit to is that they are practiced more or less successfully in any one country: economists in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, France, and Chile understand their counterparts in the United States and Britain. When, a few years ago, Kentucky Fried Chicken sought to open its first restaurants in India, it faced determined opposition from opponents of liberalization and neo-imperialism in India, and the showdown in Delhi was widely

and lesbian studies) remains a matter of debate. The achievements of the last twenty-odd years in opening up the traditional disciplines to new kinds of questions and voices, as well as more illuminating strategies of interpretation – reading texts for their betrayals and slippages, cracking wide open what Ranajit Guha has called the “prose of counter-insurgency” for its fissures,17 questioning the myriad ways in which texts are gendered – cannot be doubted. Nonetheless, viewed against the

“household management,” and the husbanding of resources. To think ecologically is to think wisely, to be cognizant of the resources available at our disposal, to be sensitive to plurality, and to accept the principle that freedom is indivisible. Far-sighted as the policies of the Sierra Club, for instance, appear to be, they might only be destructive for much of the rest of the world – the ultimate example of this being the policy which advocates the zero cutting of trees in the US, but does not

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