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From Utopistics to Utopystics: Integrative Reflections on Potential Contributions of Mysticism to World-Systems Analyses and Praxes of Historical Alternatives | OKCIR: Omar Khayyam Center for Integrative Research
In the chapter, integratively drawing on the subaltern voices of mysticism informing the works of Khayyam, Rumi, Gurdjieff, and Anzaldúa, Tamdgidi argues that certain inherited orientalist attitudes constraining the structures of knowledge in world-systems studies fetter the advancement of comparative, self-reflective as well as world-historical, exercises in utopistics. Among these constraints are the universalistic primacies assigned to macro vs. micro, political economy vs. culture, structure vs. agency, and anti- vs. othersystemic movements. Cardinal among them, however, is the dualistic construction of society vs. self and the resulting universalistic primacy attributed to the former in knowing and changing the world. [read more ... ]