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On Modernity and Its Victims

On 'Modernity and Its Victims' Rahul RAVI SUNDARAM in the footnote to his review of Zygmant Bauman's Modernity and the Holocaust [EPW, February 29] tries to define modernity by listing the various aspects of this concept. Though he does refer to the accumulation of capital as a factor, nevertheless from the fact that he lists them in greater detail it is obvious that he gives more importance to the social-cultural effects of this basic economic process. Both Bauman and Sundaram by over-emphasising the superstructure over the base seek the roots of genocidal tendencies in social- cultural factors and tend to ignore the economic causes of such tragedies. It is necessary to fill out and in some cases correct their analyses by reference to the economic compulsions that lead to such human disasters.

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