Science and the Decolonization of Social Theory
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Science and the Decolonization of Social Theory

Unthinking Modernity
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Gennaro Ascione
493 g
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Prompts wide-ranging discussions amongst social theorists about the notion of modernity
Introduction: The Epistemological Ritual of Modernity.- Chapter 1. The Scientific Revolution and the Dilemmas of Ethnocentrism.- Chapter 2. The Indissoluble Nexus between Modernity and Eurocentrism.- Chapter 3. Secularization as Ideology.- Chapter 4. Emancipation as Governamentality.- Chapter 5. The Predicament of the 'Global'.- Chapter 6. 'Degenerative' Capitalism.- Conclusion. The Future of Social Theory.- Appendix. Glosses on Method.
This book addresses the ideological figure of modernity, its presumed historical significance as an era, and its theoretical adequacy as a frame. It shows how science is evoked to prevent the sociological imagination from elaborating non-Eurocentric categories and terminologies that are more adequate for a global age. The idea of modernity should not only be contested, but radically unthought in its foundational assumptions. These assumptions inform concepts such as secularization, emancipation, the 'global' and accumulation of capital. This book frees these concepts from ethnocentrism and discloses a path toward a new, non-Eurocentric, global social theory. Gennaro Ascione explores the transformative potential of decolonizing knowledge through a radical reconsideration of the historical and epistemological role that the intellectual reference to science plays in the construction of concepts. This ground-breaking work challenges social theorists to think globally beyond modernity, bringing together social theory and science in an unprecedented way. Importantly, it makes accessible a new space of missing theorization for further developments and inquiries in the field.