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African, American and European Trajectories of ModernityPast Oppression, Future Justice?$
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Peter Wagner

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781474400404

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474400404.001.0001

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On Being in Time: Modern African Elites and the Historical Challenge to Claims for Alternative and Multiple Modernities

On Being in Time: Modern African Elites and the Historical Challenge to Claims for Alternative and Multiple Modernities

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(p.64) 3 On Being in Time: Modern African Elites and the Historical Challenge to Claims for Alternative and Multiple Modernities
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African, American and European Trajectories of Modernity
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Jacob Dlamini

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474400404.003.0004

This chapter examines the ways in which African elites define their relation to the Europe with which they were confronted by the settlers in both appreciative and combative terms. It considers how scholars might use the idea of temporality — identified by both C. A. Bayly and Peter Wagner as being central to a subject's experience of modernity — to engage critically in debates about what Shmuel Eisenstadt has called ‘multiple modernities’ and Dilip Gaonkar has referred to as ‘alternative modernities’. Drawing on a specific historical case, involving a group of Christianised African elites in colonial South Africa from the late nineteenth century to the early twentieth century, the chapter demonstrates the importance of temporality as a dimension of what it meant to be modern.

Keywords:   modernity, African elites, Europe, temporality, C. A. Bayly, Peter Wagner, multiple modernities, alternative modernities, Shmuel Eisenstadt, Dilip Gaonkar

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