Michael J. Shapiro's Methods and nations : cultural governance and the indigenous PDF
By Michael J. Shapiro
Equipment and international locations opinions one of many fundamental deployments of twentieth-century social technology: comparative politics whose significant concentration has been "nation-building" within the "Third World," frequently trying to universalize and render self-evident its personal practices. diplomacy theorists, not able to withstand the "cognitive imperialism" of a state-centric social technology, have allowed themselves to develop into colonized. Michael Shapiro seeks to convey attractiveness to sorts of political expression-alternative modes of intelligibility for issues, humans, and spaces-that have existed at the margins of the nationhood practices of states and the complicit nation-sustaining conceits of social technology.
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127 It is not wholly clear what Benjamin means by an expanded and deepened language, but, at a minimum, his approach to translation implies that the translator operates precisely the opposite way from those involved in fixing 26 • METHODS AND NATIONS definitions in order to facilitate comparative analysis in empirically oriented disciplines. From a methodological point of view, the implication of Benjamin’s approach is that translation should “dislocate…definitions rather than establishing them”128 and, perhaps most tellingly, the process itself should call into question the presumed stability, the self-assured sense of coherence and intelligibility, that one ascribes to one’s own frame of meaning.
116 The logic of identification is the typical political arithmetic within which everyone is a subject before the law or has a political preference to be counted along with the others. ”117 The logic of subjectification derives from a pluralism of disparity. Resisting metaphysical foundations, Ranciere sees the social order as sheer contingency. ”118 Similarly (to treat my primary case) the political articulations of Hawaiian sovereignty activists are instances of subjectification. Their evocation of the history of a wrong constitutes them as political subjects.
87 As has been the case with other Native American nations, Mashpee identity has involved a process of partial assimilation and partial boundary maintenance. The Mashpee counter-narrative to the one told by political scientists and historians, who found no evidence of a continuous Mashpee political organization, was that historically, the Mashpee maintained their integrity but did not choose isolation. 90 Apart from the particular light that his approach to the violence of the law sheds on the Mashpee case, Benjamin’s insight provides a conceptual vehicle to oppose the historical role of social science in normalizing state space and imposing a benign version of the process of state-nation building that provides the current context for the conceptual disqualification of indigenous claims.
Methods and nations : cultural governance and the indigenous subject by Michael J. Shapiro