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Orientalism, Sc : Concepts in the Social Sciences - Ziauddin Sardar

Orientalism, Sc

Concepts in the Social Sciences

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Published: 1st September 1999
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* Why did orientalism emerge and how has it evolved? * Has the theory of orientalism developed by Edward Said and others stood the test of time? * What is the significance of postmodernism for the future of orientalism? Orientalism, the theory and practice of representing 'the Orient' in European thought, is a controversial and a problematic concept. This book provides a concise text on the evolution and development of the theory of orientalism, the practice of orientalism in history, and its persistence and reformulation in contemporary times. It places Edward Said's contribution in an appropriate historical context, examines the work of his critics, and explores the postmodern future of orientalism. Ziauddin Sardar provides a highly original historical perspective and shows how orientalism was reworked and reinvested during the Middle Ages, the Enlightenment, colonialism and under the impact of modernity. Through the examination of a wide range of cultural products - films, television, fiction, CD-roms - this clear and coherent overview suggests that, as a practice of representing the 'Other', orientalism has been substantially transformed: it has reformulated itself as a diverse and sophisticated tool of representation.

Prefacep. vii
The Concept of Orientalismp. 1
A Short Historyp. 13
Theory and Criticismp. 54
The Contemporary Practicep. 77
The Postmodern Futurep. 107
Notesp. 119
Select Bibliographyp. 126
Indexp. 131
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ISBN: 9780335202065
ISBN-10: 0335202063
Series: Concepts in the Social Sciences
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1st September 1999
Publisher: Open University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 13.6  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.19
Edition Number: 1