Preface and acknowledgments
What actual significance do you think there is in discussing the question of
modernity? Discussing the significance of the question of modernity involves
many dimensions. These include, for instance, the relation between contemporary
nationalism and modernity, the question of globalization, consumerism, the theory
of modernization, and West-centrism. If we are talking about the direct signifi-
cance of this question, however, then I think that the critique of developmentalism
is a very important aspect. The reconsideration of developmentalism is a very
important aspect. The reconsideration of developmentalism is specially urgent
today. I am not an expert on this matter but I am still willing to go over a cursory
discussion of these perspectives.
WANg HuI and KE KAIJUN, “An Interview Concerning Modernity,” 2009
The structure of the argument and therefore of the book is
built on the premises that currently there are three types of cri-
tique to modernity. One type is internal to the history of Europe
itself and in that sense these premises are a Eurocentered critique
of modernity (for example, psychoanalysis, Marxism, poststruc-
turalism, postmodernity), and the other two types emerged from
non-European histories entangled with Western modernity. One
of them focuses on the idea of Western civilization (for example,
dewesternization, Occidentosis), and the other on coloniality (such
as postcoloniality, decoloniality). The three types of critiques are
analyzed in relation to their point of origination and their routes
of dispersion. Postmodernity originated in Europe but dispersed
around the world. Decoloniality originated among Third World
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