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Publications [#312039] of Prasenjit Duara

Journal Articles

  1. Duara, P, The discourse of civilization and decolonization, Journal of World History, vol. 15 no. 1 (March, 2004), pp. 1-6, Johns Hopkins University Press [doi]
    (last updated on 2020/09/20)

    This short introduction to the following collection of essays seeks to map out the different ways in which the discourse of civilization has been understood and deployed over the past century. We can find tensions in the understanding of civilization between conceptions of it as singular and multiple, between civilization is a process and an achieved state, between spiritual and material civilizations, and between elite and popular or ethnographic versions. These tensions reflect the ambivalence of civilization as subservient to the goals of the nation-state and as encompassing a higher, authorizing ideal that continues to this day. © 2004 by University of Hawai'i Press.

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