Grassroots Post-Modernism : Remaking the Soil of Cultures

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Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 1998-08-15
Publisher(s): Zed Books
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Summary

This remarkable book draws its inspiration from what its authors describe as the post-modern epic now unfolding at the grassroots. It portrays the ways in which the world's social majorities are now escaping from the monoculture of a single global civilization and regenerating their own cultural and natural spaces. In so doing, they are challenging the three sacred cows of modernity--the idea, entrenched in globalization, that there is only one, universally valid way of understanding social reality; the exclusive and general validity of Western-defined notions of human; and the notion of the self-sufficient individual, as opposed to people-in-community, which has grotesquely transformed how we see the human condition. This is quite simply, a book which will transform how one sees the world--North and South.

Author Biography

Gustavo Esteva is one of Latin America’s leading critics of the development paradigm and is a key figure in the NGO world.

Madhu Suri Prakash is Professor of Education at Penn State University.

Table of Contents

ONE Grassroots Post-modernism: Beyond the Individual Self, Human Rights and Development
1(18)
Grassroots Post-modernism: An Oxymoron?
1(3)
Peoples beyond Modernity: Sagas of Resistance and Liberation
4(2)
David and Goliath
6(1)
Interlocutor and Audience
7(2)
Beyond the Three Sacred Cows
9(2)
Who are "The People"?
11(3)
Content and Structure of this Book
14(5)
TWO From Global to Local: Beyond Neoliberalism to the International of Hope
19(31)
Global Thinking is Impossible
22(1)
The Wisdom of Thinking Small
23(3)
Downsizing to Human Scale
26(1)
Escaping Parochialism
27(1)
Clothing the Emperor
28(4)
The Power of Thinking and Acting Locally
32(1)
Non-provincial Localism: Forging Human Solidarities
33(3)
Setting in a Pluriverse
36(3)
Beyond the Nation-State
39(3)
Beyond Global Neoliberalism: The International of Hope
42(8)
THREE Beyond the Individual Self: Regenerating Ourselves
50(60)
Dis-membering
50(5)
Re-membering
55(8)
Remaking the Soil of Cultures
63(4)
Communal Memory: Remembering to Escape Dis-membering
67(9)
Who am I? From Calling Card to Knots in Nets
76(4)
Return and Re-membership: Regenerating Soil Cultures
80(6)
From Tolerance to Hospitality
86(8)
Beyond Waste: Composting, Remaking Communal Soil
94(5)
Hospitality Abused: Demarcating Post-modern Limits
99(11)
FOUR Human Rights: The Trojan Horse of Recolonization?
110(42)
Human Rights Universalized: Liberation or Abuse?
110(4)
Gandhi: Liberation without Modern States or Human Rights
114(3)
From Beijing: Global Platforms and Universal Rights
117(2)
Moral Progress or Aberrations?
119(6)
Celebrating the Pluriverse
125(7)
Torture and Violence: The Bottom Line
132(4)
The Kitsch of Human Rights: The Last Moral Resort for Recolonization?
136(2)
The Current Threat
138(4)
Beyond the Violence of Human Rights
142(1)
Towards New Intercultural Dialogues
143(9)
FIVE People's Power: Radical Democracy for the Autonomy of their Commons
152(40)
Democracy Today: Subversive or Dead?
152(2)
The Rise and Fall of Democracy
154(4)
Radical Democracy
158(29)
Like the Shade of a Tree
187(5)
SIX Epilogue: The Grassroots Post-modern Epic
192(16)
No New Truths, Reopening Our Horizons
199(1)
Regenerating Public Virtues
200(8)
Bibliography 208(9)
Index 217

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