Postcolonial Disorders

At the same time, Pinto shows the ways postcolonial structures and meanings articulate with and are refused by domestic and neighborly relations, in which intimate intersubjectivities are formed between women through talk about death.

Author: Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520252241

Category: History

Page: 465

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The contributors explore modes of social and psychological experience, the constitution of the subject, and forms of subjection that shape the lives of Basque youth, Indonesian artists, members of nongovernmental HIV/AIDS programmes in China and Zaire, and psychiatrists and their patients in Morocco and Ireland.

Indian Political Theory

The irony of such an exercise is that the works referred to are theoretico-philosophical in nature and thus ought not to be measured against the essays in Postcolonial Disorders, which purport to be ethnographic instead.

Author: Aakash Singh Rathore

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1315284200

Category: Political Science

Page: 232

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At present, a nativist turn in Indian political theory can be observed. There is a general assumption that the indigenous thought to which researchers are supposed to be (re)turning may somehow be immediately visible by ignoring the colonization of the mind and polity. In such a conception of svaraj (which can be translated as ‘authentic autonomy’), the tradition to be returned to would be that of the indigenous elites. In this book, this concept of svaraj is defined as a thick conception, which links it with exclusivist notions of spirituality, profound anti-modernity, exceptionalistic moralism, essentialistic nationalism and purism. However, post-independence India has borne witness to an alternative trajectory: a thin svaraj. The author puts forward a workable contemporary ideal of thin svaraj, i.e. political, and free of metaphysical commitment. The model proposed is inspired by B.R. Ambedkar's thoughts, as opposed to the thick conception found in the works of M.K. Gandhi, KC Bhattacharya and Ramachandra Gandhi. The author argues that political theorists of Indian politics continue to work with categories and concepts alien to the lived social and political experiences of India's common man, or everyday people. Consequently, he emphasises the need to decolonize Indian political theory, and rescue it from the grip of western theories, and fascination with western modes of historical analysis. The necessity to avoid both universalism and relativism and more importantly address the political predicaments of ‘the people’ is the key objective of the book, and a push for a reorientation of Indian political theory. An interesting new interpretation of a contemporary ideal of svaraj, this analysis takes into account influences from other cultures and sources as well as eschews thick conceptions that stifle imaginations and imaginaries. This book will be of interest to academics in the fields of philosophy, political science, sociology, literature and cultural studies in general and contemporary political theory, South Asian and Indian politics and political theory in particular.

The Postcolonial Museum

... inserting it within a history of postcolonial disorders. This re-insertion of curation within a history of disorders is not metaphorical: it has affinities with the central question of what is curative in the psychoanalytic process.

Author: Dr Alessandra De Angelis

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1472415698

Category: Art

Page: 272

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This book examines how we can conceive of a ‘postcolonial museum’ in the contemporary epoch of mass migrations, the internet and digital technologies. The authors consider the museum space, practices and institutions in the light of repressed histories, sounds, voices, images, memories, bodies, expression and cultures. Focusing on the transformation of museums as cultural spaces, rather than physical places, is to propose a living archive formed through creation, participation, production and innovation. The aim is to propose a critical assessment of the museum in the light of those transcultural and global migratory movements that challenge the historical and traditional frames of Occidental thought. This involves a search for new strategies and critical approaches in the fields of museum and heritage studies which will renew and extend understandings of European citizenship and result in an inevitable re-evaluation of the concept of ‘modernity’ in a so-called globalised and multicultural world.

Fertile Disorder

“Consuming Grief: Infant Death in the Postcolonial Time of Intervention.” In Postcolonial Disorders, ed. Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good, Sandra Hyde, Sarah Pinto, and Byron Good, 359–376. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Author: Kalpana Ram

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 0824837789

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

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In her innovative new book, Kalpana Ram reflects on the way spirit possession unsettles some of the foundational assumptions of modernity. What is a human subject under the varied conditions commonly associated with possession? What kind of subjectivity must already be in place to allow such a transformation to occur? How does it alter our understanding of memory and emotion if these assail us in the form of ghosts rather than as attributes of subjective experience? What does it mean to worship deities who are afflictive and capricious, yet bear an intimate relationship to justice? What is a "human" body if it can be taken over by a whole array of entities? What is agency if people can be "claimed" in this manner? What is gender if, while possessed, a woman is a woman no longer? Drawing on spirit possession among women and the rich traditions of subaltern religion in Tamil Nadu, South India, Ram concludes that the basis for constructing an alternative understanding of human agency need not rest on the usual requirements of a fully present consciousness or on the exercise of choice and planning. Instead of relegating possession, ghosts, and demons to the domain of the exotic, Ram uses spirit possession to illuminate ordinary experiences and relationships. In doing so, she uncovers fundamental instabilities that continue to haunt modern formulations of gender, human agency, and political emancipation. Fertile Disorder interrogates the modern assumptions about gender, agency, and subjectivity that underlie the social improvement projects circulating in Tamil Nadu, assumptions that directly shape people’s lives. The book pays particular attention to projects of family planning, development, reform, and emancipation. Combining ethnography with philosophical argument, Ram fashions alternatives to standard post-modernist and post-structuralist formulations. Grounded in decades of fieldwork, ambitious and wide ranging, her work is conceived as a journey that makes incursions into the unfamiliar, then returns us to the familiar. She argues that magic is not a monopoly of any one culture, historical period, or social formation but inhabits modernity—not only in the places, such as cinema and sound recording, where it is commonly looked for, but in "habit" and in aspects of everyday life that have been largely overlooked and shunned. Fertile Disorder will be of interest to a wide range of scholars in anthropology, religion, gender studies, subaltern studies, and post colonial theory.

Creating Resistances Pastoral Care in a Postcolonial World

The intercultural paradigm of pastoral care, shaped by postcolonial insights aroundthegenerationalpsychological impacts of colonialism,unmasks and addresses patterns of human disconnection ... Postcolonial Disorders.

Author: Melinda McGarrah Sharp

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004412050

Category: Religion

Page: 236

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In Creating Resistances: Pastoral Care in a Postcolonial World, Melinda McGarrah Sharp studies the concept of resistance to outline what postcolonial pastoral care can look like in practice, particularly for people who feel more removed from the urgency of today’s postcolonial realities.

The Biafran War and Postcolonial Humanitarianism

Pandolfi, Mariella, “Laboratory of Intervention: The Humanitarian Governance of the Postcommunist Balkan Territories,” in Mary-Jo Del Vecchio et al., eds., Postcolonial Disorders (Berkeley, 2008), 157–86. Parfitt, Tudor, Black Jews in ...

Author: Lasse Heerten

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108509134

Category: History


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In the summer of 1968, audiences around the globe were shocked when newspapers and television stations confronted them with photographs of starving children in the secessionist Republic of Biafra. This global concern fundamentally changed how the Nigerian Civil War was perceived: an African civil war that had been fought for one year without fostering any substantial interest from international publics became 'Biafra' - the epitome of humanitarian crisis. Based on archival research from North America, Western Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa, this book is the first comprehensive study of the global history of the conflict. A major addition to the flourishing history of human rights and humanitarianism, it argues that the global moment 'Biafra' is closely linked to the ascendance of human rights, humanitarianism, and Holocaust memory in a postcolonial world. The conflict was a key episode for the re-structuring of the relations between the West and the Third World.

Biopolitics and Memory in Postcolonial Literature and Culture

41 Mariella Pandolfi, “Laboratories of Intervention: The Humanitarian Governance of the Post-Communist Balkan Territories,” in Postcolonial Disorders, ed. Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good, Sandra Hyde, Sarah Pinto, and Byron J. Good (Berkeley: ...

Author: Michael R. Griffiths

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134801246

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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From the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa to the United Nations Permanent Memorial to the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, many worthwhile processes of public memory have been enacted on the national and international levels. But how do these extant practices of memory function to precipitate justice and recompense? Are there moments when such techniques, performances, and displays of memory serve to obscure and elide aspects of the history of colonial governmentality? This collection addresses these and other questions in essays that take up the varied legacies, continuities, modes of memorialization, and poetics of remaking that attend colonial governmentality in spaces as varied as the Maghreb and the Solomon Islands. Highlighting the continued injustices arising from a process whose aftermath is far from settled, the contributors examine works by twentieth-century authors representing Asia, Africa, North America, Latin America, Australia, and Europe. Imperial practices throughout the world have fomented a veritable culture of memory. The essays in this volume show how the legacy of colonialism’s attempt to transform the mode of life of colonized peoples has been central to the largely unequal phenomenon of globalization.

The Moral Discourse of Health in Modern Cairo

Postcolonial Disorders: Postcolonial Disorders: Reflections on Subjectivity in the Contemporary World.” In Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good, Sandra Teresa Hyde, Sara Pinto and Byron Good (eds.), Postcolonial Disorders, Pp. 1–40.

Author: Mohammed Tabishat

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739179802

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

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In The Moral Discourse of Health in Modern Cairo: Persons, Bodies, and Organs, Mohammed Tabishat uses anthropological descriptive methods and discourse analytic perspectives to focus on health care practices in a holistic fashion aimed at preserving and improving life in contemporary Cairo. Tabishat employs therapeutic data as a complex index mirroring the existing relations of power and the various ways they are involved in maintaining and challenging the social order.

Theoretical Approaches to Analysis and Interpretation of Commingled Human Remains

Postcolonial disorders: Reflections on subjectivity in the contemporary world. In M.-J. D. Good (Ed.), Postcolonial disorders (pp. 1–40). Berkeley: University of California Press. Henrich, J. (2001). Cultural transmission and the ...

Author: Anna J. Osterholtz

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319225545

Category: Social Science

Page: 255

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This volume centers on the application of social theory to commingled remains with special focus on the cultural processes that create the assemblages as a way to better understand issues of meaning, social structure and interaction, and lived experience in the past. The importance of the application of theoretical frameworks to bioarchaeology in general has been recognized, but commingled and fragmentary assemblages require an increased theoretical focus. Too often these assemblages are still relegated to appendices; they are analytical puzzles that need the interpretive power offered by social theory. Theoretical Approaches to Analysis and Interpretation of Commingled Human Remains provides case studies that illustrate how an appropriate theoretical model can be used with commingled and fragmentary remains to add to overall site and population level interpretations of past and present peoples. Specifically, the contributions show a blending and melding of different social theories, highlighting the broad interpretive power of social theory. Contributors are drawn from both the Old and New World. Temporally, time periods from the Neolithic to historic periods are present, further widening the audience for the volume.

White Man s Water

Good, Byron J., Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good, Sandra T. Hyde, and Sarah Pinto 2008 Postcolonial Disorders: Reflections on Subjectivity in the Contemporary World. In Postcolonial Disorders. Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good, Sandra T. Hyde, ...

Author: Erica Prussing

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 0816529434

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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In recent years, efforts to recognize and accommodate cultural diversity have gained some traction in the politics of US health care. But to date, anthropological perspectives have figured unevenly in efforts to define and address mental health problems. Particularly challenging are examinations of Native peoplesÕ experiences with alcohol. Erica Prussing provides the first in-depth assessment of the politics of Native sobriety by focusing on the Northern Cheyenne community in southeastern Montana, where for many decades the federally funded health care system has relied on the Twelve Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous. White ManÕs Water provides a thoughtful and careful analysis of Cheyenne views of sobriety and the politics that surround the selective appeal of Twelve Step approaches despite wide-ranging local critiques. Narratives from participants in these programs debunk long-standing stereotypes about ÓIndian drinkingÓ and offer insight into the diversity of experiences with alcohol that actually occur among Native North Americans. This critical ethnography employs vivid accounts of the Northern Cheyenne people to depict how problems with alcohol are culturally constructed, showing how differences in age, gender, and other social features can affect involvement with both drinking and sobriety. These testimonies reveal the key role that gender plays in how Twelve Step program participants engage in a selective and creative process of appropriation at Northern Cheyenne, adapting the program to accommodate local cultural priorities and spiritual resources. The testimonies also illuminate community reactions to these adaptations, inspiring deeper inquiry into how federally funded health services are provided on the reservation. This book will appeal to readers with an interest in Native studies, ethnography, womenÕs studies, and medical anthropology. With its critical consideration of how cultural context shapes drinking and sobriety, White ManÕs Water offers a multivocal perspective on alcoholÕs impact on health and the cultural complexities of sobriety.