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Author Beverley, John, 1943-
Title Subalternity and representation : arguments in cultural theory / John Beverley.
Published Durham : Duke University Press, 1999.
Book Cover

 Floor3  HM1136 .B48 1999    IN LIBRARY
Description xii, 202 p. ; 23 m.
Series Post-contemporary interventions.
Post-contemporary interventions.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [169]-193) and index.
Contents Writing in reverse : the subaltern and the limits of academic knowledge -- Transculturation and subalternity : the "Lettered City" and the Túpac Amaru rebellion -- Our Rigoberta? I, Rigoberta Menchú, cultural authority, and the problem of subaltern agency -- Hybrid or binary? On the category of "the people" in subaltern and cultural studies -- Civil society, hybridity, and the "'political' aspect of cultural studies" (on Canclini) -- Territoriality, multiculturalism, and hegemony : the question of the nation.
Summary The term 'subalternity' refers to a condition of subordination brought about by colonization or other forms of economic, social, racial, linguistic, and/or cultural dominance. Subaltern studies is, therefore, a study of power. Who has it and who does not. Who is gaining it and who is losing it. Power is intimately related to questions of representation - to which representations have cognitive authority and can secure hegemony and which do not and cannot. In this book John Beverley examines the relationship between subalternity and representation by analyzing the ways in which that relationship has been played out in the domain of Latin American studies. Dismissed by some as simply another new fashion in the critique of culture and by others as a postmarxist heresy, subaltern studies began with the work of Ranajit Guha and the South Asian Subaltern Studies collective in the 1980s. Beverley's focus on Latin America, however, is evidence of the growing province of this field. In assessing subaltern studies' purposes and methods, the potential dangers it presents, and its interactions with deconstruction, poststructuralism, cultural studies, Marxism, and political theory, Beverley builds his discussion around a single, provocative question: How can academic knowledge seek to represent the subaltern when that knowledge is itself implicated in the practices that construct the subaltern as such? In his search for answers, he grapples with a number of issues, notably the 1998 debate between David Stoll and Rigoberta Menchu over her award-winning testimonial narrative, I, Rigoberta Menchu. Other topics explored include the concept of civil society, Florencia Mallon's influential Peasant and Nation, the relationship between the Latin American 'lettered city' and the Tupac Amaru rebellion of 1780-1783, the ideas of transculturation and hybridity in postcolonial studies and Latin American cultural studies, multiculturalism, and the relationship between populism, popular culture, and the 'national-popular' in conditions of globalization.
Note Also issued online.
Subject Marginality, Social.
Marginality, Social -- Political aspects -- Latin America.
Learning and scholarship -- Political aspects.
Knowledge, Theory of -- Political aspects.
Culture conflict.
Related To Online version: Beverley, John, 1943- Subalternity and representation. Durham : Duke University Press, 1999 (OCoLC)654530512
ISBN 0822324164 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0822323826 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780822323822 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780822324164 (pbk. : alk. paper)
OCLC number 41565023