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Science and the Decolonization of Social Theory

Unthinking Modernity

Authors: Ascione, Gennaro

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This book addresses the ideological figure of modernity, its presumed historical significance as an era, and its theoretical adequacy as a frame. It shows how science is evoked to prevent the sociological imagination from elaborating non-Eurocentric categories and terminologies that are more adequate for a global age. The idea of modernity should not only be contested, but radically unthought in its foundational assumptions. These assumptions inform concepts such as secularization, emancipation, the 'global' and accumulation of capital. This book frees these concepts from ethnocentrism and discloses a path toward a new, non-Eurocentric, global social theory. 
Gennaro Ascione explores the transformative potential of decolonizing knowledge through a radical reconsideration of the historical and epistemological role that the intellectual reference to science plays in the construction of concepts. This ground-breaking work challenges social theorists to think globally beyond modernity, bringing together social theory and science in an unprecedented way. Importantly, it makes accessible a new space of missing theorization for further developments and inquiries in the field.

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Gennaro Ascione is a researcher in social theory, history of ideas and the epistemology of social sciences at the University of Naples l’Orientale, Italy. He is an associate researcher at the Centre for Social Theory at the University of Warwick, UK, the Centre for Arts and Science, Santa Monica at University of Barcelona, Spain, and the Institute for Research on Indian and International Studies at Delhi University, India. He is a member of the British International Studies Association Colonial, Postcolonial, Decolonial Working Group.

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“European modernity defines itself by its claims of universality and the transcendence of time and space, claims which are most evident in its self-understanding of science at the heart of its project of Enlightenment. In this important book, Gennaro Ascione dismantles the epistemological underpinnings of the project of modernity to reveal relations of domination specific to it. These relations derive from Europe's colonial past and far from transcending time and place, as Ascione powerfully demonstrates, European modernity remains trapped by its contradictory impulses to truth and power. This book is necessary reading for anyone interested in understanding the new wave of anti-Eurocentric critique within the social sciences.” (Gurminder K. Bhambra, author of Rethinking Modernity: Postcolonialism and the Social Sciences (2007) and Connected Sociologies (2014))

“This highly innovative text proposes a bold critical journey into the epistemologies of the social sciences to announce a radical shift in purpose and perspective. Drawn through, across and beyond the existing premises and practices of what constitutes sociological and historical “knowledge”, Ascione invites us to dismantle a fetishised modernity as it fractures in the critical complexities of a world that refutes, refuses and resists its semantics. Opposed to the image of scientific neutrality – whose presumed universality paradoxically always mirrors only Occidental concerns – we here confront modernity as a multiplex mode of power. This book profoundly helps us to understand how agendas emerging from the manifold powers and possibilities that mark and divide the planet today dispute that modernity and disseminate critical dissonance in its planetary pretensions.” (Iain Chambers, University of Naples l’Orientale, Italy, author of “The Post-colonial question: Common Skies, Divided Horizons”, 1996 and “Mediterranean Crossings, 2007)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Science and the Decolonization of Social Theory
Book Subtitle
Unthinking Modernity
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-51686-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-51686-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-51685-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 256
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