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Rethinking Modernity

Postcolonialism and the Sociological Imagination

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction: Postcolonialism, Sociology, and the Politics of Knowledge Production

  3. Sociology and Its Historiography

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Gurminder K. Bhambra
      Pages 34-55
  4. Deconstructing Eurocentrism: Connected Histories

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 156-200

About this book


Arguing for the idea of connected histories, Bhambra presents a fundamental reconstruction of the idea of modernity in contemporary sociology. She criticizes the abstraction of European modernity from its colonial context and the way non-Western "others" are disregarded. It aims to establish a dialogue in which "others" can speak and be heard.


capitalism colonialism historiography Nation politics renaissance revolution social theory sociology

About the authors

Gurminder K Bhambra is Professor of Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies in the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex.

Bibliographic information


Winner of the 2008 BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize

Shortlisted for the European Amalfi Prize for Sociology

'Bhambra admirably unpacks prevailing narratives of modernity and Europe, while proposing the use of 'connected histories' to improve contemporary sociology' - Sociology