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6 The Postcolonial Orient

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This final chapter of this book explores the politics of difference and the limits of a 'post-foundational' approach to explaining such issues as fragmentation, dispersion, atomisation and heterogeneity, locating them instead in the very seams of the current moment of the historical evolution of capital. The 'postfoundational' spirit in which postcolonialism embraces and even celebrates fragments and heterogeneity is an indication of the wider disorientation and disillusionment experienced in the metropolitan countries and the ex-colonies, reflecting to an extent the workings of molecular and institutionalized 'transformism' in the Gramscian sense and the subsequent loss of a political will to grasp the workings of the capitalist system in its totality. The chapter argues for a revitalisation of the irreplaceable Marxist will to grasp history understood as a condition born of a systemic rather than anecdotal curiosity about the fate and destiny of the capitalist system and its constituent parts.

Keywords: capitalist system; fragmentation; heterogeneity; post-foundational approach; postcolonialism



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