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Southern Thought and Other Essays on the Mediterranean

Franco Cassano, Norma Bouchard, and Valerio Ferme


This book, which ranges between the fields of sociology, political science, philosophy, cultural anthropology, and literature, offers a critique of normative models of modernization derived from Eurocentric and North Atlantic paradigms, while claiming that autonomous paths to modernity exist in the Mediterranean and the so-called Global Souths. Its rethinking of the South seeks to reverse the North–South relationship: “not to think of the South in light of modernity, but rather to think of modernity in light of the South.” In this work, the South is no longer a belated, imperfect, incomplete, ... More

Keywords: Global Souths, North–South relationship, autonomous identity, cultural anthropology, Occidentalism, modernization, Eurocentric paradigms, North Atlantic paradigms, modernity, Southern civilizations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780823233649
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823233649.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Franco Cassano, author
Department of Political Science, University of Bari

Norma Bouchard, editor
Department of Modern and Classical Languages, University of Connecticut

Valerio Ferme, editor
Department of Italian and Comparative Literature, University of Colorado