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Chibber’s critique of postcolonial theory and the historical sociological studies associated with it is, at the same time, a. .

Chibber’s critique of postcolonial theory and the historical sociological studies associated with it is, at the same time, a vigorous and welcome defense of the enduring value of certain Enlightenment universals as an analytical framework to both understand and radically change the world we live in. -Achin Vanaik. Vivek Chibber has written a stunning critique of postcolonial theory as represented by the Subaltern Studies school.

Coming from the radical Enlightenment tradition, this book is a critique of Postcolonial Theory. Chibber focuses on the Subaltern Studies section of the theory, and demonstrates how its foundational arguments are based on a series of political and historical misunderstandings.

Vivek Chibber challenges the post-Marxist framework of the Subaltern Studies group.

Vivek Chibber crushes with a blow meant to help rather than harm

Vivek Chibber crushes with a blow meant to help rather than harm. Here, Chibber charges that major currents of postcolonial thought ironically fall back on 19th century Orientalist categories of understanding the psychology of East vs. West, essentializing Eastern Vivek Chibber crushes with a blow meant to help rather than harm.

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Chibber’s critique of postcolonial theory and the historical sociological studies associated with it is, at the same time, a.In this book, Vivek Chibber has carried out a thoroughgoing dissection of Subaltern Studies

Chibber’s critique of postcolonial theory and the historical sociological studies associated with it is, at the same time, a vigorous and welcome defense of the enduring value of certain Enlightenment universals as an analytical framework to both understand and radically change the world we live in. In this book, Vivek Chibber has carried out a thoroughgoing dissection of Subaltern Studies. Like a highly skilled anatomist, he lays bare the skeleton, the nervous system, the arteries and veins of this school.

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Leading thinkers’ critiques of award-winning Postcolonial Theory, as well as the author’s responses and reformulations

Leading thinkers’ critiques of award-winning Postcolonial Theory, as well as the author’s responses and reformulations. It immediately unleashed one of the most important recent debates in social theory, ranging across the humanities and social sciences, on the status of postcolonial studies, modernity, and much else. This book brings together major critics of Chibber’s.

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Lahorns Gods
This is one of the most exciting and interesting political books I have ever read. I very much enjoyed Chibber's previous book Locked in Place: State-Building and Late Industrialization in India, but he has taken it to a new level. Not only did I get a devastating critique of Subaltern Studies and Postcolonial Theory, but I got a great history lesson about the English and French revolutions, and also the capitalist development of India. Don't listen to the haters who say this book isn't really directed at post-colonial studies because Chibber didn't specifically discuss their favorite academic crackpot. Any possible theoretical contribution that the postcolonial academic enterprise has produced is annihilated in great detail. All the stuff about East and West, and paying attention to difference and the marginal, and how Marxism is Eurocentric, etc. Chibber is lot nicer than I'm being and I think is very fair to the people he critiques. OK I'm biased but read it for yourself. I have read and listened to the responses of many his critics. Bottom line is they can't attack him on the actual evidence. Chibber is easily the most important voice to have emerged on the academic left in some time. He is a great writer and speaker and this book is his latest, but I'm sure not last, tour-de-force.
Dorilune
Chibber makes a compelling case that much of Subaltern Studies purveys Orientalist ideology (whether wittingly or not). The book takes its subject seriously. It is written with critical, and devastating, respect. It pushes Marxist analysis back to its roots and in new directions. I am very glad I read it.
huckman
Bruce Robbins has a review on n+1:

The target of Chibber's polemic is not postcolonial theory as a whole, about which he says almost nothing. (Verso should have asked him to drop the portentously inaccurate title.) His target is Subaltern Studies, the field created by a group of left-wing historians of South Asia who began publishing in the early 1980s. The Subalterns--represented in Chibber's book by Ranajit Guha, Dipesh Chakrabarty, and Partha Chatterjee, and who also include David Arnold, Gyanendra Pandey, and Shahid Amin, among others (Gayatri Spivak is a sort of fellow traveler)--wrote from within Marxism but against what Chakrabarty called the "deep-seated, crude materialism of the `matter over mind' variety" implicitly attributed to orthodox Marxism. Crude materialism, these historians argued, did not give enough credit to the culture, consciousness, or experience of India's poorest. There was also an immediate political context that spurred the historiographic question. In the late 1960s and '70s, India's most oppressed had risen up in what came to be known as the Naxalite insurgency, and received less than full-throated support from the established Marxist parties. When Guha and Chatterjee researched peasant revolts against colonial officials and landlords or strikes in Calcutta's jute mills, they were calling attention to a resistant agency for which even the anticolonial left seemed unable or unwilling to find a proper place.

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Mr.Bean
Vivek Chibber's Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital is a superb and devastating critique of postcolonial studies (postmodernism applied to the global south) and an equally brilliant defense of the radical enlightenment tradition. A model of rigorous reasoning, Chibber slogs through the obscurantism of the subaltern school, distilling its core propositions and in the process systematically exposing the weak and ultimately unsustainable foundations - both logical and historical - on which it has been constructed. If the book were only a critique of postcolonial studies, on that basis alone it should be considered must reading. But it also offers a highly lucid, and indeed far more promising, approach to the study of capitalist social and economic development - one that is both universally applicable and yet attentive to the distinct experiences of the global north and the global south. For anyone interested in understanding the demise of radical thought in the academy and hoping to see it resurrected, I highly recommend this book. It is truly a tour de force.
Cesar
Engaging, clearly written and argued critique of post-colonial theory.
Wetiwavas
I am familiar with Chibber's work so I have been anticipating this book for some time. It did not disappoint. It is a brilliant demonstration of critical and materialist reasoning by one of the sharpest minds of our times. The argument is airtight; the evidence is conclusive. The writing is crystal clear, much like the thinking. The demolition of postcolonial or subaltern theory was well and good, but since I have little interest in those areas it was not the reason I read the book. Instead, for me, the value in the book was laying out an understanding of class, politics and history that is applicable to our times. And it may well be the most devastating demolition of evidence-light academic fads I have ever seen.

This is a book that will stand the test of time and be the benchmark for a good generation. For social theorists it is going to be mandatory reading.
Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital download epub
Social Sciences
Author: Vivek Chibber
ISBN: 1844679764
Category: Other
Subcategory: Social Sciences
Language: English
Publisher: Verso; 1 edition (March 12, 2013)
Pages: 256 pages