Thursday, September 23, 2010
Scientific Discourse on Culture Continued
As noted in ths history of colonial Empires, the language and methodology of "science" have often been used to systematically turn human beings into populations to be studied and scripted, into subjects of interventions, as passive objects to be examined through the methodology of the scientist. The collection of systematic processes has in such instances been set in motion in order to precisely carry out the colonial project through the generation of knowledge. The ways in which knowledge has been produced have been intrinsically connected with the uses of such knowledge to perpetuate the oppression and exploitation of the subaltern classes, simultaneously keeping the subaltern sectors of the globe out of the discursive spaces of the mainstream. It is in this very backdrop that the native is once again silenced because she is told that she can't participate unless she trains with the masters, uses their tools, and speaks their language. The legitimacy of science is used as a basis for maintaining the "Club" of privilege and for carrying out the violence that is embodied in this very privilege. Therefore, any centering that happens in the culture-centered approach has to be continually tied to de-centering the fundamental processes and criteria through which knowledge is evaluated.