It sets out in prose at once eloquent and analytical the colonial problematic, portrays the vicissitudes of decolonization, and anticipates, in tones of sovereign contempt, the emergence and renewed reifications
of the thought and actions of the postcolonial bourgeoisie.
Puisque grace a la dialectique complexe des processus sociaux, les reifications
en elles-memes non alienees peuvent, avec l'appui d'autres facteurs, exercer un effet d'alienation, a la fois et la reification
du droit en general et la construction d'un reseau de notions de << choses >> fictives et artificielles en particulier, peuvent constituer la source de forces d'alienation.
Using primarily Wenger, sometimes Lave or de Certeau, the co-authors show how we as a community reify the everyday and, then projecting our reifications
into the world, trip over our "things" as we negotiate and participate on a moment-to-moment basis: "we may order our lives--and our work--around ideas that we would eschew if we were aware of them"(18-19).
Equally as bad, if not worse, are the reifications
culture and civilization.
The scholars here explore variously an array of early modern Italian and English representations of the French pox, or mal franchese, in different literary genres and in language itself, the responses to the pox by religious, legal, and medical authorities (licensed physicians and lay-healers as well as astrologers), and the nascent discourses of nationalism developing alongside increasing reifications
of the foreign, all traceable to the perception that a new disease was running rampant in Renaissance Europe "in the closing decade of the fifteenth century" (8) and linked to the moral abjectness of its sufferers.
As noted, markets, market structures, and market manipulations are reifications
(Weick, 1979, 1995).
Interdisciplinarity was disciplined by the institutionalization of the "cultural studies" department, much as antiessentialist rethinkings of gender and race gave way to the punishing reifications
of identity politics.
Once these reifications
have taken root, 'resistance' seems a real possibility (as if their reifications
are the same as ours) and the romance of the other is restored.
In it, Friedes proposed structural concepts that explained disciplines as reifications
of their literature as molded by the science paradigm.
I think Dewey would say that public choice theory, two generations after he wrote these words, is still clinging to reifications
; and I think he would say that these reifications
also tend toward bad consequences.
Sometimes," the chapter concludes, "this passion, this fetishism, made it difficult to distinguish, among post-modernist artists and poststructuralist critics alike, between critics of the reifications
and fragmentation of the sign and connoisseurs of this same process.
If the macro form of the inscription of power relations in language is the master discourse of theory and science, with its exclusions and reifications
of "otherness," the micro form is the more widespread and insidious profusion of racial stereotypes, innuendoes, and epithets.