Barbarism and Its Discontents

Barbarism and Its Discontents

eBook - 2013
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Barbarism and civilization form one of the oldest and most rigid oppositions in Western history. According to this dichotomy, barbarism functions as the negative standard through which "civilization" fosters its self-definition and superiority by labeling others "barbarians." Since the 1990s, and especially since 9/11, these terms have become increasingly popular in Western political and cultural rhetoric-a rhetoric that divides the world into forces of good and evil. This study intervenes in this recent trend and interrogates contemporary and historical uses of barbarism, arguing th.
Publisher: Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 2013
ISBN: 9780804785372
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvi, 300 pages)


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