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Edited by Jorge L. Fabra-Zamora
This book has shown that for more than a century an important part of Euro-American comparative legal thought has been animated in different ways by tensions between inclusion and exclusion. This dynamic operates through antinomies between the particular and the universal, between critiques and apologies for Western domination. Based on postcolonial insights, ideas about the West and its Others have been approached as politically meaningful representations, embedded in historical and contemporary (neo-) liberal power relationships.1 The objective was to understand better the governance implica¬tions of comparative legal knowledge and the ways in which it is constructed.
[Imperialist propensity] is not just a matter of Westerners who (would) not have enough sympathy for or comprehension of foreign cultures - since there are, after all, some artists and intellectuals who have, in effect, crossed to the other side . . . What is perhaps more relevant is the political willingness to take seriously the alternatives to imperialism.