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By Michael Payne, Jessica Rae Barbera

ISBN-10: 1118438817

ISBN-13: 9781118438817

Now completely up-to-date and revised, this re-creation of the hugely acclaimed dictionary presents an authoritative and available consultant to fashionable principles within the vast interdisciplinary fields of cultural and important thought <ul type="disc">* up to date to add over forty new entries together with items on Alain Badiou, Ecocriticism, Comparative Racialization , traditional Language Philosophy and Criticism, and Graphic Narrative* contains reflective, broad-ranging articles from major theorists together with Julia Kristeva, Stanley Cavell, and Simon Critchley* includes a absolutely up-to-date bibliography* Wide-ranging content material makes this a useful dictionary for college students of a various diversity of disciplines

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The Althusserian reformation – the professed “return to Marx” – encompassed three interdependent endeavors: (i) an epistemological history of the foundation and development of Marxism – in the first instance, by a rereading of Marx’s own heterogeneous oeuvre; (ii) the elaboration of a historical epistemology which would identify the substance, and clarify the status, of Marx’s “materialist conception of history”; and (iii) the renovation of Historical materialism as a nonhistoricist theory of modes of production and Social formations.

Abandoning technological determinism, Balibar reconfigured modes of production as articulated – and not inherently contradictory – combinations of forces and relations of production, under the primacy of the latter. Consequently, they were not transient phenomena whose sequential rise and fall were determined by iron laws of history, but self-reproducing totalities. According to Balibar’s account of the transition from one mode of production to another, the ultimate “motor of history” was the struggle between contending social classes.

The institution of anthropology as a scientific discipline subsequently lent scientific respectability to these speculations, and so we have Lévy-Bruhl and Evans-Pritchard producing works that described the African mind as either prelogical or “mystical” (as opposed to “rational”). These anthropological productions, often commissioned after the military invasion of an African territory or after a rebellion against occupying European powers (Asad, 1973; Achebe, 1988), were intended to provide the European administrations and missionary cultural workers with information about the “primitive” African mind, so that they could properly inculcate into the African conscience European values and cultural attitudes.

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