Working through the Contradictions: From Cultural Theory to Critical Practice


Gathering together classic and new essays by the internationally renowned U. S.-based Filipino artist and thinker E. San Juan Jr., "Working through the Contradictions addresses major issues of cultural theory, comparative politics, and international relations. Committed to the ideal of a popular, egalitarian democracy, San Juan exposes the limits of the current vogue of transnationalism, cosmopolitan humanitarianism, and varieties of dissensual multiculturalism. Opposing the triumphalist discourse of U. S.-centered globalization, San Juan reaffirms the value and power of a historical materialist critique of the "new world order." Connecting the theoretical debates in American Studies to the recent U. S. intervention in the Philippines against the Abu Sayyaf guerillas, Spinoza's philosophy to current racism against Asian Americans, European surrealism to Caribbean history, San Juan's dialectical method illuminates the contractions of thought and practice that open up opportunities for social transformation and spiritual renewal.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Lewisburg, PA
Publication year:
  • 2004


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