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Orientalismus, Regierung, Repräsentation (Said)

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„Yet if we eliminate from the start any notion that ‚big‘ facts like imperial domination can be applied mechanically and deterministically to such complex matters as culture and ideas, then we will begin to approach an interesting kind of study. My idea is that European and American interest in the Orient was political according to some of the obvious historical accounts of it that I have given here, but that it was culture, that created that interest, that acted dynamically along with brute political, economic, and military rationales to make the Orient the varied and complicated place that it obviously was in the field I call Orientalism.
Therefore, Orientalism is not a mere political subject matter or field that is passively reflected by culture, scholarship, or institutions; nor is it a large and diffuse collection of texts about the Orient; nor is it representative and expressive of some nefarious ‚Western‘ imperialist plot to hold down the ‚Oriental‘ world. It is rather a distribution of geopolitical awareness into aesthetic, scholarly, economic, sociological, historical, and philological texts; it is an elaboration not only of a basic geographical distinction (the world is made up of two unequal halves, Orient and Occident) but also of a whole series of ‚interests‘ which, by such means as scholarly discovery, philological reconstruction, psychological analysis, landscape and sociological description, it not only creates, but also maintains; it is rather than expresses, a certain will or intention to understand, in some cases to control, manipulate, even to incorporate, what is a manifestly different (or alternative and novel) world; it is, above all, a discourse that is by no means in direct, corresponding relationship with political power in the raw, but rather is produced and exists in an uneven exchange with various kinds of power, shaped to a degree by the exchange with power political (as with a colonial or imperial establishment), power intellectual (as with reigning sciences like comparatative linguistivs or anatomy, or any of the modern policy sciences), power cultural (as with orthodoxies and canons of taste, texts, values), power moral (as with ideas about what ‚we‘ do and what ‚they cannot do or understand as ‚we‘ do).“
Said, Edward (1979) Orientalism, New York: Vintage Books, S. 12.

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Written by lars

12. August 2008 um 9:32

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