Civilization and Its Contents

Civilization and Its Contents

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"Civilization" is a constantly invoked term. It is used by both politicians and scholars. How useful, in fact, is this term?Civilization and Its Contents traces the origins of the concept in the eighteenth century. It shows its use as a colonial ideology, and then as a support for racism. The term was extended to a dead society, Egyptian civilization, and was appropriated by Japan, China, and Islamic countries. This latter development lays the groundwork for the contemporary call for a "dialogue of civilizations." The author proposes instead that today the use of the term "civilization" has a global meaning, with local variants recognized as cultures. It may be more appropriate, however, to abandon the name "civilization" and to focus on a new understanding of the civilizing process.


Civilization is a constantly invoked term. It is used by both politicians and scholars. How useful, in fact, is this term?Civilization and Its Contents traces the origins of the concept in the eighteenth century.


Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2004
ISBN: 9781423716662
1423716663
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiv, 188 pages)

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