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Antinomies and enticements

and culture. 12 At first, the spatial-temporal duality might seem to be little more than an ideological plank of modernization theory, counterposing primarily non-Western tradition with chiefly Western modernity. But the antinomy has wider implications and deeper underpinnings. 13 It is not only that the duality has animated and articulated other enduring oppositions, such as those between ritual

in Subjects of modernity

are only at a stage where we must look at the astonishing frequency of geographical articulations in the three Western cultures that most dominated farflung territories. (p. 61) Said may here emphasise the undecidability of the relationship, but elsewhere he equally assertively characterises culture as historically precedent to imperial political practice and enabling of it.8 And elsewhere he casts these territorial practices as precedent to the cultural articulations.9 Still elsewhere, we are told that the two were mutually fortifying and symbiotic.10 Two

in Postcolonial contraventions
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‘Australia for the White Man’

nation state. There were also causes for sharp divisions among them. Colonists in Western Australia among others felt that their interests differed in many respects from the south-eastern group, by whom they feared they would be dominated in a federation. This would come to the fore, as in Canada, when the issue of a uniform national franchise arose. New Zealand settlers, given their particular history

in Equal subjects, unequal rights
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Contextualising colonial and post-colonial nursing

four chapters begin to examine the embedding of Western-style nursing culture into indigenous cultures. These chapters widen our scope beyond the British Empire to include not only Australia and New Zealand, but also the Dutch East Indies and the American colonies of Puerto Rico and the Philippines. Issues such as racism and clashes of culture now come to the fore. The tensions between colonial nurses and their ‘Westernculture of medicine and the traditional practices of indigenous trainees 3 Helen Sweet and Sue Hawkins and their patients are examined, as are

in Colonial caring
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An introduction

one hand, such theoretical interventions have derived support from critiques of a subject-centered reason and a meaning-legislating rationality, critiques that have thought through the dualisms of Western thought and post-Enlightenment traditions. On the other, critical discussions of cultures and pasts have equally challenged the analytical antinomies of modern disciplines, interrogating

in Subjects of modernity
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Kosovo and the outlines of Europe’s new order

in the field. A remarkable uniformity of approach among different authors testifies not so much to the intellectual impotence of the trade as to a lack of reference-points in reconceptualising European security, compelling us to look back and attach our narratives to the Cold War as the last-known paradigm and a foolproof marker of Western identity. Old mental maps are still very much in use for charting the new waters

in Mapping European security after Kosovo
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Where postcolonialism is neo-orientalist – the cases of Sarojini Naidu and Arundhati Roy

under investigation here bears evidence of the postcolonialist commodification of non-western cultures also discussed by Graham Huggan in The Postcolonial Exotic, it testifies at the same time to the BOEHMER Makeup 3/22/05 2:55 PM Page 161 John's G5:Users:john:Public:John's Mac: John's Job Sarojini Naidu and Arundhati Roy 161 entrenched, gendered inflections of such processes, where the woman becomes the epitome of the ethnic, the exotic.13 At this point I want to engage in an exercise of juxtaposition – to keep the phrases and images used in the appreciation of

in Stories of women
Russia as ‘a Europe apart’

Moving on together? The West and Russia after the Cold War After the collapse of the Soviet Union, many Western officials and observers believed that Russia would return to the ‘Western family of nations’ after decades of Soviet era isolation. Fuelled by an optimistic sense that the end of the Cold War represented the triumph of the Western way and the ‘end

in The new politics of Russia
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research on the maintenance of culture across the middle passage; the syncretism that results from the fusion of African and Western cultural forms; and the desire for origins that results from the present complex experiences of racism, hybridity and in-betweenness of postcolonial peoples. Anthropologist Melville Herskovits made it his life’s work to recount many of the repossessions of black heritage

in Sport in the Black Atlantic

better understanding of differences and differentiation’ (2003: 5). It is, for example, noticeable that some civilisations generate more adaptable collective identities, while others are better at singularising internal cultures. Arnason’s position lends credence to the conclusion that any hard-​set integrationist images will do little to illuminate actual patterns. In fact, thorough and open-​minded research on civilisations and their contexts should put into question ‘a persistent tendency to take Western patterns and presuppositions for granted, rather than to re

in Debating civilisations