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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2022) 42 (2): 541–545.
Published: 01 August 2022
...Christopher J. Lee Abstract This roundtable intervention applies the concept of cruel optimism , as formulated by Lauren Berlant, to situations of decolonization with the purpose of understanding the myths and fantasies of political self-determination. It also examines the idea of a Jacobin spirit...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2014) 34 (2): 279–293.
Published: 01 August 2014
... Secular? Blasphemy, Injury, and Free Speech . New York : Fordham University Press , 2013 . Berlant Lauren Gail . Cruel Optimism . Durham, NC : Duke University Press , 2011 . Brown Wendy . States of Injury: Power and Freedom in Late Modernity . Princeton, NJ : Princeton...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2009) 29 (2): 155–170.
Published: 01 August 2009
... of the African renaissance have been driven as much by Afro-optimism as by Afro-pessimism, by both the positive and the negative political and economic changes that have taken place in postcolonial Africa. The essay is divided into four parts. It begins with a brief survey of the resurgence of the idea...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (1997) 17 (2): 46–61.
Published: 01 August 1997
..., and the tenets of Islam are who were used to doing all the “cruel devilish work followed in a very lax manner, and almost entirely that went with their profession:’ to have all the young discarded when they are away from the surveillance girls in the dlage line up and declare that they would...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (1989) 9 (2): 1–7.
Published: 01 August 1989
... that the main obstacle to their oughly militaristic guerrilla group to electoral politics. return to the democratic mainstream was the presence To add to the optimism of the President and his advi- of the IPKF. However, the LTTE did not make clear sors, the LTTE leaders sought the registration...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2004) 24 (1): 5–27.
Published: 01 May 2004
... as a perfect recipe for the cruel- included: ties and crimes in American run prisons [but are breaking chemical lights and pouring the phos- also] like lynching pictures and are treated as souve- phoric liquid on detainees; pouring cold water on nirs of a collective action.”4 Reminiscent of photos naked...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (1993) 13 (1_and_2): 23–34.
Published: 01 August 1993
...? cal influence while effectively limiting the independent participation of Nepali peasants. The Democracy and Reform: A Cruel Choice? autonomy of the new parliamentary regime in exe- While...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2013) 33 (2): 239–256.
Published: 01 August 2013
... by those who resort to cruel reprisals students who had come to the Soviet Union with against people in colonial and dependent coun- communist sympathies and had left convinced tries.”81 In other words, both groups of students — ​ capitalists.83 The new university would keep for- the critical...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2006) 26 (2): 279–302.
Published: 01 August 2006
... nationalism that evaluates campus” for Aryamehr University of Technol- Iran’s social and economic progress in terms of ogy (AMUT, now called Sharif University) in world (largely Western) standards. Their essen- Tehran. Formed by imperial decree in 1965, tial optimism about Iran’s continued develop...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (1992) 12 (1): 2–33.
Published: 01 May 1992
.... tenderly the statement comes out that today’s Tortured though the feelings are, there is always world offers them nothing, that optimism is a a remarkable balance in the treatment of the thing of the past. The message is . . . subject. . . (and) honest heartsear~hing frighteningly rea1.56...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2000) 20 (1-2): 1–62.
Published: 01 August 2000
... and and currents of panic into instruments of political mo- the social scene. Coming from the most dynamic, lib- bilization could be verified. More than 600 were eral, and cruel city of the peninsula, it has modernized killed.17 The Shiv Sena later won all the local elections the methods and references...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (1991) 11 (1_and_2): 32–61.
Published: 01 August 1991
..., world wars, narodnism” is quite apt as often applied to the populist nuclear annihilation and gulags - has shattered this strand in Indian environmental movement.6 optimism. Especially after the disillusionment of events Kitching distinguishes between the romantic in 1968, many...