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Music, Modernity, and the Global ImaginationSouth Africa and the West$
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Veit Erlmann

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195123678

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195123678.001.0001

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Figuring Culture

Figuring Culture

The Crisis of Modernity and Twentieth‐Century Historical Consciousness

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(p.173) 9 Figuring Culture
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Music, Modernity, and the Global Imagination
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Veit Erlmann

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195123678.003.0010

This chapter queries some of the key assumptions underpinning theories of modernity. Among these are concept of history as a universal process; the idea that Europe forms the cradle of modernity; the notion that modernity initially was as stable project that experienced a crisis only at the beginning of the 20th century; and, finally, that societies outside the West pose inherent obstacles to modernity. In challenging these notions, the second half of the book foregrounds the mutual dependency, ambiguity, and blurred boundaries enfolding Africa and the West.

Keywords:   Africa, Europe, modernity, history, universalism

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