This book contains four Wellek Library Lectures in Critical Theory, delivered by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o in 2010 at the University of California, Irvine. Ngũgĩ coins the title of the book, Globalectics, from “globe” and “dialectics” to theorise exchanges between and among nations and cultures. “Globalectics combines the global and the dialectical,” he writes, “to describe a mutually affecting dialogue, or multi-logue, in the phenomena of nature and nurture in a global space that’s rapidly transcending that of the artificially bounded, as nation and region.” (8) For him, “[G]lobalectics embraces wholeness, interconnectedness, equality of potentiality of parts, tension, and motion” hence providing a useful way of “thinking and relating to the world, particularly in the era of globalism and globalization.” (8)
- Globalectics: Theory and the Politics of Knowing by Ngugi wa Thiong’o
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