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THE POLITICS OF POSTCOLONIALISM

The Politics of Postcolonialism: Empire, Nation and Resistance
Rumina Sethi

Paperback | 9780745323633 | £17.99 / $28
Hardback | 9780745323640 | £60 / $90

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ADOPTED ON 20 UNIVERSITY COURSES

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‘This book develops an argument that is both even-handed and radical. Rumina Sethi explores the history and the difficulties of post-colonial theory and without jettisoning its value she urges quite fresh thinking about its political and social implications.’ — Dame Gillian Beer, King Edward VII Professor Emeritus, University of Cambridge

‘Rumina Sethi challenges postcolonial critics to put their feet back on the ground and to link the postcolonial once again to the political activism by which it has always been inspired.’ — Robert J.C. Young, Julius Silver Professor of English & Comparative Literature at New York University

‘”If postcolonial studies is to be relevant today,” Rumina Sethi argues, “it must become the voice of the people and theorize about movements against globalization, not become part of its grand design.” Her critical analysis of the “politics of postcolonialism” and the lack of constructive dialogue with the Marxist perspective, interweaving with analysis of globalization and the state of “postcoloniality,” seeks to overcome the academic ossification of concepts that should be integrated with social change and activism.’ — Noam Chomsky

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In a period of global restructuring, unrestricted capital has eroded the traditional distinctions between nations and nationhood. In ‘The Politics of Postcolonialism’, Rumina Sethi devises a new form of postcolonial studies that makes sense of these dramatic changes.

Returning to the origins of the discipline, Sethi identifies it as a tool for political protest and activism among people of the third world. Using a sophisticated mix of spatial theory and local politics, she examines the uneven terrain of contemporary anti-capitalism and political upsurges in Africa, Asia and Latin America, emphasising postcolonial politics, dissent and resistance. Her analysis shows that as the traditional means of direct political control have largely lost their hold, postcolonial cultures, now dominated by neoliberalism, need to seek fresh ways to express their discontent.

This original and persuasive work frees the discipline from its current preoccupation with hybridity and multiculturalism, giving students of politics, cultural studies and international relations a new perspective on postcolonialism.

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RUMINA SETHI is a Professor in the department of English and Cultural Studies at Panjab University, Chandigarh, India. She is the author of ‘Myths of the Nation: National Identity and Literary Representation’ (1999). She wrote her doctoral thesis atTrinityCollege,Cambridge, and was a British Academy Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford. She was awarded the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in 2006.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Acknowledgements

1. Postcolonialism and its Discontents: An introduction
2. The End of the Nation?
3. Globalization and Protest
4. The United States and Postcolonialism
5. Conclusion: New Directions

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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Work

Work

MSc IN LABOUR, SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND DEVELOPMENT

MSc in Labour, Social Movements and Development

SOAS, University of London

This new programme is concerned with labour conditions and relations, social movements of labour and their contributions to development processes and changes in the Global South.

 It is the first MSc programme of its kind in the UK dedicated to Labour, Social Movements and Development. Students will have the opportunity to experience policy-making and labour campaigns in practice. They will participate in our interactive sessions to devise policies; and design and implement regional, national and international labour campaigns.

The MSc draws on the expertise of staff in the Department of Development Studies, specialising in Latin America, Africa and Asia. It benefits from our contacts within the field, including with NGOs and international organisations.

The MSc degree will focus on:

  • Labour process and organisations in the South
  • A comparative history of labour and social movements in countries such asChina,Korea,India,South Africa, Brazil and the Middle East
  • The impact of neoliberalism and globalisation on workers in the South 
  • Informalisation of labour, casualisation and precarious work
  • Feminisation of labour
  • Forced labour and child labour 
  • Rural labour, migrant labour and labour in Export Processing Zones
  • Household and reproductive labour
  • The International Labour Organisation, international labour standards and decent work
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives, codes of conduct and anti-sweatshop campaigning
  • Theories and practices of local, national and international labour campaigns

For further information please visit the following link: http://www.soas.ac.uk/development/programmes/msc-labour-social-movements-and-development/

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Work

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WUSA: THE JOURNAL OF LABOR AND SOCIETY

GLOBAL ECONOMIC CRISIS, LABOR MOVEMENTS AND WORKER ORGANIZATION (EDITORIAL COLLECTIVE)

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/wusa.2012.15.issue-1/issuetoc

March 2012, Volume 15, Issue 1, Pages 1-148

 

CONTEMPORARY LABOR AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE (pages 3-13)

Polina Kroik

 

TRANSNATIONAL LABOR AND AESTHETIC THEORY IN URSULA BIEMANN’S GEOBODIES VIDEO ESSAYS (pages 15-33)

Hanna Musiol

 

UNDERSTANDING GLOBALIZATION AND MIGRANCY THROUGH LITERATURE (pages 35-50)

Nandita Ghosh

 

SOLIDARITIES IN RUSSELL BANKS’S CONTINENTAL DRIFT (pages 51-66)

Joseph Entin

 

NAFTA, LABOR, AND THE RECOVERY PROJECT (pages 67-86)

Leisa Rothlisberger

 

COSMOPOLITANISM, ETHNIC BELONGING, AND AFFECTIVE LABOR: HAN ONG’S FIXER CHAO AND THE DISINHERITED (pages 87-102)

Christopher B. Patterson

 

FILIPINO WOMEN WRITERS IN ENGLISH AND THE WORK OF APPRENTICESHIP (pages 103-119)

Marites L. Mendoza

 

LABOR AND OCCUPY WALL STREET: COMMON CAUSES AND UNEASY ALLIANCES (pages 121-134)

Benjamin Heim Shepard

 

REVIEWS:

 

The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times, and Legacy of Joe Hill, American Labor Icon – By William M. Adler (pages 135-138)

Laura Hapke

 

The Country and the City – By Raymand Williams (pages 138-140)

Houman Barekat

 

The Civil Wars in US Labor: Birth of a New Workers’ Movement or Death Throes of the Old? – By Steve Early (pages 140-144)

Paul Krehbiel

 

Live Working or Die Fighting: How the Working Class Went Global – By Paul Mason. Work and Struggle: Voices From U.S. Labor Radicalism – By Paul Le Blanc (pages 145-148)

Steve Early

 

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Ben Linus

Ben Linus

PEDAGOGIC LEADERSHIP IN POST-COMPULSORY EDUCATION

 The Centre for Leadership andEnterprise,SchoolofEducation,UniversityofGreenwich

SRHE Post-Compulsory and Higher Education Research Network and

BERA Post-Compulsory and Lifelong Learning SIG

Invite you to a Research Event on

Pedagogic Leadership in Post-Compulsory Education: Does it Exist?

Keynote Speech: Emeritus Professor Denis Gleeson

Friday 11 May 2012 at 10.00 (refreshments) until 2.00 pm

Venue: University of Greenwich, Devonport House

King William Walk, Greenwich

London SE10 9JW

 

To book please visit http://www.srhe.ac.uk/events/

 

Yours sincerely

Francois Smit, SRHE Event Manager, Society for Research into Higher Education, 73 Collier Street, London N1 9BE, Telephone 0207 427 2350, Fax number 0207 278 1135, srheoffice@srhe.ac.uk, http://www.srhe.ac.uk

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Socialism and Hope

Socialism and Hope

INTERNATIONAL SOCIALISM JOURNAL – NUMBER 134 

Now Out!

See: http://www.isj.org.uk/

 

Analysis

Rumours of crisis, revolution and war
Alex Callinicos

Interview – Greece: the struggle radicalises

France: anti-capitalist politics in crisis

The politics of the Scottish independence referendum
Neil Davidson

The shock of the new: anti-capitalism and the crisis
Jonny Jones

‘Most humble day': the Murdoch empire on the defensive
John Newsinger

The growth paradigm: a critique
Gareth Dale

Housing: as it is, and as it might be
David Renton

Pitfalls and radical mutations: Frantz Fanon’s revolutionary life
Leo Zeilig

The late Christopher Hitchens
Richard Seymour

Feedback

Explaining the crisis or heresy hunting? A response to Joseph Choonara
David McNally

The Morales government: neoliberalism in disguise?
Federico Fuentes

Letter to the editor: Libya
Gilbert Achcar

Book Reviews

Race and class in the US
Nicola Ginsburgh

After the fall
Gabriele Piazza

Materialism vs creationism
Amy Gilligan

Thought for food
Dave Sewell

Another social work is possible
Francesca Byron

How green was my valley?
Tim Evans

Nude, shrewd but sometimes crude
Joseph Choonara

Remembering E P Thompson
Christian Hogsbjerg

Pick of the quarter

This quarter’s selection

 

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Feminism

Feminism

FEMINIST CRITICAL ANALYSIS

Please find below the Call for Applications for the upcoming Feminist Critical Analysis course, which will take place in Dubrovnik(Croatia) from May 28 to June 1. Note that the extended deadline is April 28, but we urge you to apply as soon as possible.

We would also like to draw your attention to the stipends offered to doctoral/PhD students by the Inter-University Center in Dubrovnik. You can find more information here: http://www.iuc.hr/hesp-osi.php  

Sincerely yours,
Center for Gender Studies Jove Ilića 165 11000 Belgrade

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Feminist Critical Analysis
Inter-University Center (IUC), Dubrovnik
May 28th to June 1st, 2012

The Center for Gender and Politics of the Belgrade University (Political Science Department), Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers of the State University of New Jersey, and the Department of Gender Studies of the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest are pleased to announce the next annual postgraduate course in

Feminist Critical Analysis: Science, Bodies and the New Materialism

The course will be held at the Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik (www.iuc.hr) from May 28 to June 1 (2012).

The course is co-directed by Dasa Duhacek, Center for Gender and Politics, University of Belgrade, Ethel Brooks, Women’s and Gender Studies Department, Rutgers University and Anna Loutfi, Gender Studies Department, Central European University (CEU).

The course is built on the intellectual dialogue among a diverse body of scholars from different geographical locations and the participating faculty is drawn from different universities.

Topic

The seminar invites discussion of a key issue currently bringing together disciplines from across the humanities, social, physical and life sciences: the nature of materiality. What are the significant philosophical and theoretical contributions to materialism – past and present? Why does it become necessary for political or social theory to engage with particular ideas of materialism or materiality at certain historical junctures? What does it mean to speak of the social, cultural, political and historical meanings of natural or material concepts? How might the ‘natural sciences’ incorporate social theories of ontology and agency, and how might the ‘social sciences’ incorporate issues around materiality as they surface in, say, neurobiology or physics? How can knowledge help situate and make sense of embodiment and lived experience? We encourage explorations of ecological frameworks that challenge reductionist, mechanistic, and exclusively molecular approaches to life and living systems. We encourage reading and debate around the work of contemporary thinkers in the fields of biopolitics who interrogate ‘the politics of life itself’ (e.g. Giorgio Agamben). We also invite discussion around the work of ‘the new materialists’. This is a rich field that takes on a wide range of modern philosophical traditions. These include, but are not confined to, ‘vitalistic’ theories (e.g.Henri Bergson, Gilles Deleuze), neo-Marxian materialisms (Bourdieu, Balibar), phenomenological accounts of agency and materiality (Merleau-Ponty, Heidegger), theories of psychic power as a materialist force in the world (Nietzsche, Freud), feminist re-engagements with materiality, lived experience and biology (Moira Gatens, Elizabeth Wilson, Coole and Frost, Elizabeth Grosz), as well as social scientific investigations of problems in the neurosciences, such as the problem of consciousness or the mind-brain relation (Fernando Vidal).

ELIGIBILITY

IUC courses are conducted at a postgraduate level. All postgraduate students interested in the topic may apply for participation. Participants should seek funds from their own institutions to cover travel and accommodation costs. Limited financial support is available for participants from Central and Eastern Europe. All meetings are conducted in English.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

A short narrative (up to 250 words) explaining your interest in the topic and your C.V. with your current complete contact information should be submitted by e-mail;

Final deadline for applications is April 28, 2012

Please send your applications to the Center for Gender and Politics University of Belgrade, Faculty of Political Sciences, at studijeroda@fpn.bg.ac.rs with Dubrovnik 2012 in the subject heading.

 

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