Orientalism by Edward W. Said

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Orientalism is a 1978 book by Edward W. Said, in which Said studies the cultural representations that are the bases of Orientalism, the West‘s patronizing perceptions and fictional depictions of “The East” — the societies and peoples who inhabit the places of Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East.

This book was suggested by Tshivu

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3 thoughts on “Orientalism by Edward W. Said

  1. tshepo masuku says:

    Capitalist Nigger asserts that the Black Race is a consumer race and not a productive one. Says the author, Chika Onyeani, “We are a conquered race and it is utterly foolish for us to believe that we are independent. The Black Race depends on other communities for its culture, its language, its feeding, and its clothing.” “Despite enormous natural resources,” according to author, “Blacks are economic slaves because they lack the “killer-instinct” and “devil-may-care” attitude of the Caucasian, as well as the “spider web economic mentality” of the Asian.” The author is not afraid to use the word ‘nigger’ in both pejorative or stereotypic senses. He says, “It is not what you call me, but what I answer to, that matters most.”
    Status of Blacks

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  2. tshepo masuku says:

    Capitalist Nigger asserts that the Black Race is a consumer race and not a productive one. Says the author, Chika Onyeani, “We are a conquered race and it is utterly foolish for us to believe that we are independent. The Black Race depends on other communities for its culture, its language, its feeding, and its clothing.” “Despite enormous natural resources,” according to author, “Blacks are economic slaves because they lack the “killer-instinct” and “devil-may-care” attitude of the Caucasian, as well as the “spider web economic mentality” of the Asian.” The author is not afraid to use the word ‘nigger’ in both pejorative or stereotypic senses. He says, “It is not what you call me, but what I answer to, that matters most.”
    Status of Blacks

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  3. saffo says:

    Ok on orietalism this my understanding.i could be off.So like branding the different cultures have had a unique identity and lifestyle that is exclusive to theim..ie..what do you think when u think spices…i think the irental world,or indians..or just good cooked curry.All races have their stigmas and signature trades.
    Oriental people have a special way in expressing their religion and spirituality,their trade,their economics and ofcos their accents which is deeply imbede in their culture.
    “Orientalism” is a way of seeing that imagines, emphasizes, exaggerates and distorts differences of Arab peoples and cultures as compared to that of Europe and the U.S. It often involves seeing Arab culture as exotic, backward, uncivilized, and at times dangerous. Edward W. Said, in his groundbreaking book, Orientalism, defined it as the acceptance in the West of “the basic distinction between East and West as the starting point for elaborate theories, epics, novels, social descriptions, and political accounts concerning the Orient, its people, customs, ‘mind,’ destiny and so on.”

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