Modernity and Exclusion by Joel S Kahn

By Joel S Kahn

This penetrating ebook re-examines `the undertaking of modernity'. It seeks to oppose the summary, idealized imaginative and prescient of modernity with an alternate `ethnographic' knowing. The e-book defends an method of modernity that situates it as embedded particularly and old contexts. It examines situations of `popular modernism' within the usa, Britain and colonial Malaysia, drawing out the categorical cultural and non secular assumptions underlying well known modernism and concludes that modernism is implicated in a variety of varieties of cultural and racial exclusion.

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Modernity and Exclusion

This penetrating publication re-examines `the undertaking of modernity'. It seeks to oppose the summary, idealized imaginative and prescient of modernity with an alternate `ethnographic' realizing. The ebook defends an method of modernity that situates it as embedded particularly and old contexts. It examines instances of `popular modernism' within the usa, Britain and colonial Malaysia, drawing out the categorical cultural and non secular assumptions underlying well known modernism and concludes that modernism is implicated in a range of different types of cultural and racial exclusion.

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Nevertheless they survive . . How long will this go on? Strenuous body labour is less and less needed. Everything nowadays is done by machine. Probably we can go on forever. (1919a: 16; emphasis in original) Taking up his critique of prevailing notions of progress, he goes on: Something has gone wrong. As a race we are not `up to the mark' ± slums and drink, luxury and comfort, poverty and pro¯igacy, inherited degeneracy . . The fact is we are over-civilised . . In former ages civilisation after civilisation was overwhelmed by a horde of barbarians .

He concentrated on the outdoor camping and nature study aspects of the scouting movement, contributing to the development of these activities within the movement, and writing for scouting magazines. His ®rst book, Lonecraft published in 1914, attracted the interest of Baden-Powell, and his experience as an illustrator led to his appointment as of®cial artist at the Staff Headquarters. Hargrave never ®tted easily into a movement the ethos of which was imperial and militaristic, dominated as it was by public-school educated exarmy of®cers, many with experience of imperial campaigns.

Experience of their dealings with whites shows that `they never once broke a treaty or went back on their word'. Reports to the contrary, the Indian never indulged in cruelty except when `driven to desperation'. The practice of scalping, often used to support allegations of barbarism, was restricted to enemies already killed in battle, the tortures they did in¯ict in any case having been learned from the white man. Instead `his whole teaching and his religion was one of kindness to man and beast.

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