promises of human freedom, rational progress, and social equity--and the particular narratives of political emancipation through citizenship and the state, and the promise of economic freedom in the development of labor and exchange markets-- apart from the global conditions on which they depend (ifc, 2, 3). Rather, The Intimacies of Four Continents labors to trace how the global itineraries of colonialism, slavery, capitalism, and empire created the conditions of possibility for modern liberalism itself (ifc, 1). As such, Lowe investigates some of the furthest reaching questions of the colonial and capitalist past and present while pressing for reconsideration of how we come to ask and frame those questions. While The Intimacies of Four Continents is challenging to distill given its analytical expansiveness and historical specificity, Lowe develops a cogent framework through which to understand the origins of modern racial forms, which is also an account of the origins of the political philosophy of modern liberalism (ifc, 3). Broadly, she situates the mutually imbricated formation of modern liberalism and modern racial categories over the course of the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries as the elaboration of colonial difference. That is to say, the emergence of liberties defined in the
Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Dec 2, 2016
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