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AB95: The Philosophy Issue
(May/June 2011)

Featured during this issue:

inventive Director: Pedro Inoue
Tzvetan Todorov on American torture
Darren Fleet discusses this generation’s “apocalypse”
We discover America’s function in Egypt’s darkish past
Pentti Linkola’s view on inhabitants control
Micah White demands revolution opposed to American decadence
Michael Löwy explores advertising’s impact on our health
We ask: What issues in existence? What concerns in dying?

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Capitalism is a radical example of the globalizing impetus in modernity - what happens in a local neighbourhood is likely to be influenced by factors operating at an indefinite distance away, but equally, the local community can take hold of the global influence and transform it to local uses. Strategies of transformation in Latin American cultures The key dynamic of post-colonial discourse, one which affects the survival of local communities within global culture, is that of transform­ ation. In particular, the historical experience of colonization has resulted in the mechanics of a transformative appropriation of modernity by colonized societies.

Nineteenth- and twentieth-century British imperialism dem­ onstrates the centrifugal movement by which the precepts of European modernity and the assumptions of the Enlightenment have been distrib­ uted hegemonically throughout the world. However, including America, as Hulme advocates, we find that imperial expansion is more than the dispersal of European cultural values and assumptions into a Eurocent­ rically mapped world; it also reveals itself as the enabling condition of that very process by which a modem Europe is conceived.

It thus expands the original world view in a way that is better adapted, authentic, artistically solvent, and, in fact, modernized - but without destruction of identity. (Larsen, 1990: 56-7). The perception of Rulfo's 'reintegration with the linguistic com­ munity', speaking 'from within it', is a metaphoric and essentialist description of language which would be better expressed metonymically. Rulfo does not so much speak from within local idioms as metonymically signify the local in his language variation.

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