History's Disquiet: Modernity, Cultural Practice, and the Question of Everyday Life

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Introduction: The Unavoidable "Actuality'' of Everyday Life
1: Tracking the Dinosaur: Area Studies in a Time of "Globalism''
2: The "Mystery of the Everyday": Everydayness in History
3: "Dialectical Optics'': Everydayness in History
Acclaimed historian Harry Harootunian calls attention to the boundaries, real and theoretical, that compartmentalize the world around us. In one of the first works to explore on equal footing European and Japanese conceptions of modernity -- as imagined in the writings of Georg Simmel and Walter Benjamin, as well as ethnologist Yanagita Kunio and Marxist philosopher Tosaka Jun -- Harootunian seeks to expose the problematic nature of scholarly categories. In doing so, History's Disquiet presents intellectual genealogies of such orthodox notions as "field" and "modernity" and other concepts intellectuals in the East and West have used to understand the changing world around them. Contrasting reflections on everyday life in Japan and Europe, Harootunian shows how responses to capitalist society were expressed in similar ways: social critics in both regions alleged a broad sense of alienation, particularly among the middle class. However, he also points out that Japanese critics viewed modernity as a condition in which Japan -- without the lengthy period of capitalist modernization that characterized Europe and America -- was either "catching up" with those regions or "copying" them.
Autor: Harry Harootunian
Harry Harootunian

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Autor: Harry Harootunian
ISBN-13 :: 9780231117944
ISBN: 0231117949
Erscheinungsjahr: 01.06.2000
Verlag: COLUMBIA UNIV PR
Gewicht: 404g
Seiten: 200
Sprache: Englisch
Altersempfehlung: 22 - 99 Jahre
Auflage New
Sonstiges: Buch, 235x158x18 mm
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