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AB-USING ENLIGHTENMENT: STRUCTURAL ADJUSTMENT, STORYTELLING, AND THE PUBLIC USE OF REASON
Vol. 84 (Spring 2013), pp. 35-69
Published by: University of Minnesota Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5749/culturalcritique.84.2013.0035
Page Count: 35
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This article is centered around two seemingly unrelated documents: a letter found on the dead bodies of two Guinean teenagers discovered in the wheel compartment of an aircraft flying from Conakry to Brussels; and Bamako, a 2006 film by Abderrahmane Sissako. It argues that Bamako deploys the Kantian notion of enlightenment as the public use of reason in a postcolonial context to criticize the failed development policies of global financial institutions such as the World Bank and the IMF. Whereas the public sphere is often conceptualized as a space for storytelling, a reading of the dead boys' story and letter via the film reveals that it is more usefully engaged as the site for an active and persistent practice of argument.
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