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Ananya Roy

In: The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City

Chapter 3: Urban Studies and the Postcolonial Encounter

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Urban Studies and the Postcolonial Encounter
Urban Studies and the Postcolonial Encounter
Ananya Roy

What is increasingly perceived as the crisis of modernity and modern values is perhaps best understood as the crisis of the intellectuals whose self-consciousness was once served by these terms. Focusing on the role of intellectuals within modernity is an important way of drawing out the particularity that lurks beneath the universalist claims of the Enlightenment project which was, in theory, valid for humanity as a whole even if humanity was to be rather restrictively defined. (Paul Gilroy, The Black Atlantic, 1993: 43)

Now Abdul grasped the need to disappear, but beyond that his imagination flagged. He took off running, then came back home. The only place he ...

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