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African, American and European Trajectories of Modernity

Past Oppression, Future Justice?

Edited by Peter Wagner

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Firmly links the history of Europe to world history, situating European modernity in its global context

African, American and European Trajectories of Modernity asks why, from some moment onwards, ‘Europe’ and ‘the rest of the world’ entered into a particular relationship. This relationship was not merely one of domination but one that was conceived as a kind of superiority; more specifically, as an ‘advance’ in historical time.

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Introduction, Peter Wagner
Part I, Reconstructing the history of Atlantic modernity
Chapter 1, Aurea Mota:, The American divergence, the modern Western world, and the paradigmatisation of history
Chapter 2, Angela Lorena Fuster Peirò and Gerard Rosich:
The limits of recognition: history, otherness and autonomy
Chapter 3 Jacob Dlamini: On being in time: modern African elites and the historical challenge to claims for alternative and multiple modernities
Chapter 4, Andreas Kalyvas: The sublime dignity of the dictator: republicanism and the return of dictatorship in political modernity
Chapter 5, Alice Soares Guimarães: The Luso-Brazilian Enlightenment: between reform and revolution
Part II Comparing trajectories of modernity in the South, Chapter 6, Rommy Morales Olivares:Inconsistencies between social-democratic discourses and neo-liberal institutional practices in Chile and South Africa: a comparative analysis of the post-authoritarian periods
Chapter 7
José Katito:HIV/AIDS policies and modernity in Brazil and South Africa: a comparative critical analysis
Chapter 8, Joyce Gotlib: Land and restitution in comparative perspective: Analysing the evidence of right to land for black rural communities in Brazil and South Africa
Part III Claims for justice in the history of modernity and in its present
Chapter 9 Svjetlana Nedimović: An unsettled past as a political resource
Chapter 10 Riaan Oppelt: Injustice at both ends: pre-and-post-apartheid literary approaches to injustice, sentiment and humanism in the work of C. Louis Leipoldt, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela and the film ‘Invictus’
Chapter 11 Beatriz Silva Pinochet: The student movement in Chile 2011-2012: rearming the critique of capitalism
Chapter 12, David Casassas, Sérgio Franco, Bru Laín, Edgar Manjarín, Rommy Morales Olivares, Samuel Sadian, Beatriz Silva Pinochet: Indignation and claims for economic sovereignty in Europe and the Americas: renewing the project of control over production

About the Author

Peter Wagner is Catalan Institute for Research and Advanced Studies Research Professor at the University of Barcelona. His publications include The Trouble with Democracy (Edinburgh University Press, 2016), African, American and European Trajectories of Modernity (Edinburgh University Press, 2015), Modernity as Experience and Interpretation (Polity Press, 2008), A History and Theory of the Social Sciences (Sage, 2001), Theorising Modernity (Sage, 2001) and A Sociology of Modernity (Routledge, 1994).

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