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Beyond Reason: Postcolonial Theory and the Social Sciences

Sanjay Seth


The knowledge that for more than a century has been disseminated by universities and mobilized by states to govern populations first emerged in the early modern period in Europe. It subsequently became globalized through colonialism and Western global dominance; despite the historical and cultural specificity of its origins, it was claimed to have transcended these particularities such that, unlike premodern and non-Western knowledges, it could be assumed to be “universal,” that is, true for all times and places. Beyond Reason traverses many disciplines, including science studies, social histo ... More

Keywords: postcolonialism, colonialism, decoloniality, epistemology, Reason, social science, modernity, eurocentrism, critical theory, knowledge

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197500583
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197500583.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sanjay Seth, author
Professor of Politics and Director of the Centre for Postcolonial Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London

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