Synopses & Reviews
Global in scope, but refusing a familiar totalizing theoretical framework, the essays in The Politics of Culture in the Shadow of Capital
demonstrate how localized and resistant social practices—including anticolonial and feminist struggles, peasant revolts, labor organizing, and various cultural movements—challenge contemporary capitalism as a highly differentiated mode of production.
Reworking Marxist critique, these essays on Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, North America, and Europe advance a new understanding of "cultural politics" within the context of transnational neocolonial capitalism. This perspective contributes to an overall critique of traditional approaches to modernity, development, and linear liberal narratives of culture, history, and democratic institutions. It also frames a set of alternative social practices that allows for connections to be made between feminist politics among immigrant women in Britain, women of color in the United States, and Muslim women in Iran, Egypt, Pakistan, and Canada; the work of subaltern studies in India, the Philippines, and Mexico; and antiracist social movements in North and South America, the Caribbean, and Europe. These connections displace modes of opposition traditionally defined in relation to the modern state and enable a rethinking of political practice in the era of global capitalism.
Contributors. Tani E. Barlow, Nandi Bhatia, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Chungmoo Choi, Clara Connolly, Angela Davis, Arturo Escobar, Grant Farred, Homa Hoodfar, Reynaldo C. Ileto, George Lipsitz, David Lloyd, Lisa Lowe, Martin F. Manalansan IV, Aihwa Ong, Pragna Patel, José Rabasa, Maria Josefina Saldaña-Portillo, Jaqueline Urla
"This powerful collection renders a most difficult and welcome service: it makes clear the means by which particular culturally-situated struggles remake ‘the global.’ It shows us that the terrain on which economic and political contradictions are fought is culture; that antiracist and feminist struggles remake our understanding of materialist analysis; and that traversing the globe demands theoretical transportation in multiple directions."—Wahneema Lubiano, Duke University
“Lowe and Lloyd bring together studies on contemporary histories and cultures from all over the world to show where and how they defy or escape prevailing theories, whether liberal, Marxist, or postmodern. The emphasis on the diverse and the singular is a welcome corrective to the globalizing pretensions of much recent theorization.”—Partha Chatterjee, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta
Global in scope, this study challenges contemporary capitalism from the perspective of localized cultural and social practice in varied locales. These essays on Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, North America, and Europe advance a new understanding of "cultural politics", frames a set of alternative social practices, and rethinks political practice in the context of global capitalism. 608 pp. .
Coming from a broad cross-section of academic disciplines and theoretical positions, this collection of essays questions and reworks Marxist critiques of capitalism that center on the West and which posit a uniform model of development. More specifically
Includes bibliographical references (p. -579) and index.
About the Author
Lisa Lowe is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, San Diego and author of Immigrant Acts, published by Duke University Press.
David Lloyd is Hartley Burr Alexander Chair in the Humanities at Scripps College, Claremont and author of Anomalous States, also published by Duke University Press.