|About the Book|
What do we make of the contemporary, a contemporary marked by a certain incitement to discourse on globalization. What indeed is globalization? What do we mean by global ? What do we make of global capitalism ? What indeed is global capitalism? WhereMoreWhat do we make of the contemporary, a contemporary marked by a certain incitement to discourse on globalization. What indeed is globalization? What do we mean by global ? What do we make of global capitalism ? What indeed is global capitalism? Where then is the local?What conceptual handles or windows can Marx offer today? Can he offer anything? Would we at all turn to him for an understanding, interpretation and explanation of contemporary capitalism? Or would he be irrelevant in the Southern situation, given the birth of his theory in a western context? Do concepts travel? Would his concepts be relevant in another culture and another time? How do we conceptualize Marxism in the South, if at all and why at all? Could we at all conceptualize a Marxism that was turned to the South? How would we attend to the scorn of the cultural difference theorist who would say that Marxism s western moorings impart a certain incommensurability to its invocation in non-Western realities? How would we do away with the near religio-scientific belief of the Universalist who would see the possibility of a core applicability of Marxism transcending (non-Western) particularities? Would a rethinking of Marxian questions and concerns in the South mean a radical displacement of much of Marxism- such that Marxism becomes ab-original that is, both, other than the original as also singed with a certain aboriginality ?Would it also mean a rethinking of the very description of the South that has hitherto hegemonized us? Would it mean a rethinking of the category of third world third world as the representative category for any description of the South?This book deals with these questions at the cusp of Marxian and Lacanian perspectives. It inaugurates in the process a counter-concept: World of the Third.