The West

European Subjectivities –

Comparing Subject Formations of ‘the West’

This text will look at the concept of ‘The West’:
How it is used to define a territory, a population, a mindset or subject.
Further, how this subject came into being, what its philosophical foundations are.
This will help explain the social consequences from thinking within the ‘West’.
And finally it will look at some tensions within the subject caused by differences in the languages that constitute ‘The West’.

Written for Topics in Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies
MSc in Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies
London School of Economics and Political Science
April 2009
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