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Freedom from Transculturation: A RESPONSE TO PRISCILLA ARCHIBALD

Freedom from Transculturation: A RESPONSE TO PRISCILLA ARCHIBALD Social Text 93, Vol. 25, No. 4, Winter 2007 DOI 10.1215/01642472-2007-014 © 2007 Duke University Press Optimism only plays into the agenda of the corporation, by furthering its ends. Optimism is conservative — but then, what isn’t? some possible kind of reconciliation to fate in the latter, some resignation that liberates us to live our present as it is. Ancient philosophers thought there was some freedom in it. This, however, is not my position: much to the contrary. Perhaps we are splitting hairs when it comes to pessimism, since all pessimism is bad, and what is required today is a great and healthy optimism. Archibald says, in what constitutes the final horizon of her essay: “Exaggerating the omnipresence of Western hegemony can be a way of not recognizing the many marginalized by Western privilege who nevertheless manage to speak loud and clear and with perfect sanity. . . . The problem with messianic pessimism is that it fails to recognize that there are lots of intentionalities, and lots of teleologies, lots of functioning histories and place-based metaphors that structure lives and public spaces.” No doubt there are lots of those, but the point is, Deckard or Rachael or http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Social Text Duke University Press

Freedom from Transculturation: A RESPONSE TO PRISCILLA ARCHIBALD

Social Text , Volume 25 (4 93) – Dec 1, 2007

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 2007 by Duke University Press
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0164-2472
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1527-1951
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10.1215/01642472-2007-014
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Social Text 93, Vol. 25, No. 4, Winter 2007 DOI 10.1215/01642472-2007-014 © 2007 Duke University Press Optimism only plays into the agenda of the corporation, by furthering its ends. Optimism is conservative — but then, what isn’t? some possible kind of reconciliation to fate in the latter, some resignation that liberates us to live our present as it is. Ancient philosophers thought there was some freedom in it. This, however, is not my position: much to the contrary. Perhaps we are splitting hairs when it comes to pessimism, since all pessimism is bad, and what is required today is a great and healthy optimism. Archibald says, in what constitutes the final horizon of her essay: “Exaggerating the omnipresence of Western hegemony can be a way of not recognizing the many marginalized by Western privilege who nevertheless manage to speak loud and clear and with perfect sanity. . . . The problem with messianic pessimism is that it fails to recognize that there are lots of intentionalities, and lots of teleologies, lots of functioning histories and place-based metaphors that structure lives and public spaces.” No doubt there are lots of those, but the point is, Deckard or Rachael or

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Social TextDuke University Press

Published: Dec 1, 2007

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