Harvard Educational Review
  1. Culture and Imperialism

    By Edward Said

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1993. 380 pp. $16.00 (paper).

    Exploring great works of the Western tradition — including Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Austen's Mansfield Park, Verdi's Aida, and Camus's L'Etranger — Edward Said, renowned literary and cultural critic, Professor at Columbia University, and author of numerous books, including Orientalism, exposes how the reach of Western imperialism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries has been nothing less than devastating.

    Culture and Imperialism focuses on how power and ideology work, both consciously and unconsciously, to form and maintain a system of domination that goes beyond military force. Taking up narratives brought back by Westerners from the colonized world, Said examines the language, images, and symbols therein to show how their formative, rather than simply expressive, nature has worked to shape the identity, imagination, subjectivities, history, culture, and interactions of the oppressor and the oppressed. He contends that such images have historically shaped how the West has negatively conceptualized the "other," justifying its obligation to rule.

    Moving from the development of the empire to global struggles for indigenous freedom, Said cogently reveals the separatist nature of nationalism and attempts to illuminate the possibilities of global community. The critique, insights, and outlook found in Culture and Imperialism are certainly timely in the United States, where nationalism and Western "common cultural values" continue to be woven into the political rhetoric and the very fabric of public education in which mainstream students are taught to celebrate the uniqueness of their tradition at the expense of others. This book is of major importance to any educator who wishes to rupture this country's imperialistic practices and explore the possibilities of a pedagogy and politics of difference.

    P.L.
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    Abstracts

    Introduction
    By Stephen Andrew Sherblom, Jane Davagian Tchaicha, and Paula M. Szulc
    A Dialogue with Noam Chomsky
    Sexual Harassment in School
    The Public Performance of Gendered Violence
    Nan Stein
    Reconstructing Masculinity in the Locker Room
    The Mentors in Violence Prevention Project
    By Jackson Katz
    Cultivating a Morality of Care in African American Adolescents
    A Culture-Based Model of Violence Prevention
    By Janie V. Ward
    Preventing and Producing Violence
    A Critical Analysis of Responses to School Violence
    By Pedro A. Noguera
    Life after Death
    Critical Pedagogy in an Urban Classroom
    By J. Alleyne Johnson
    Violence, Nonviolence, and the Lessons of History
    Project HIP-HOP Journeys South
    By Nancy Uhlar Murray and Marco Garrido
    Youth Speak Out

    Book Notes

    Culture and Imperialism
    By Edward Said

    Old Nazis, the New Right, and the Republican Party
    By Russ Bellant

    Teaching Young Children in Violent Times
    By Diane Levin

    Testimony
    By Shoshana Feldman and Dori Laub.

    Dating Violence
    Edited by Barrie Levy

    Vulnerable Children, Vulnerable Families
    By Susan Janko.

    The Merry-Go-Round of Sexual Abuse
    By William E. Prendergast.

    Juvenile Delinquency
    Edited by Paul M. Sharp and Barry W. Hancock.

    Practicing Virtues
    By Kim Hays

    Wannabe
    By Daniel J. Monti.

    The Violence of Literacy
    By J. Elspeth Stuckey.

    Raising a Thinking Child
    By Myrna B. Shure, with Theresa Foy Digeronimo

    Ending the Cycle of Violence
    Edited by Einat Peled, Peter G. Jaffe, and Jeffrey L. Edleson

    Gangs
    Edited by Scott Cummings and Daniel Monti

    Anger Management for Youth
    By Leona L. Eggert.

    Assessing Dangerousness
    Edited by Jacquelyn C. Campbell.

    Changing Childhood Prejudice
    By Florence H. Davidson and Miriam M. Davidson