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Is everything personal also private? The modern world is neatly compartmentalized into the private and the public, and the personal is often used interchangeably with the private as if they are the same. But are they? The book starts a new discourse by distinguishing the two and analyzing existing discourses of history, culture, politics, ethics, and law, asserts that the underlying theory is vastly different, often antagonistic. It radically changes the notions of the public, private, and personal by introducing the public–private–personal “triad,” challenging the modern binary of the public and private. This original and insightful book will provoke readers to rethink their use of the personal and the private as two different notions for the same thing.
Chapter 5: Personal in Colonial and Postcolonial Modernity: From Natural Personality to Personality of Organizations
Personal in Colonial and Postcolonial Modernity: From Natural Personality to Personality of Organizations
Inspired by our exploration and finding—particularly in the previous two chapters, we can safely and securely opine—it is now common knowledge that the essence of modernity is the public/private divide, and the failure to find its way beyond the dichotomy. I have argued that the personal is not a synonym of the private and, thereby, not the antonym of the public either.
In this chapter, I deploy this paradigm by investigating how the indeterminate, whimsical, and, thus, in a sense transcendent status of personal giving or helping haunts, and in a way subverts the founding of public and determinately ...