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- n. One who, or that which, civilizes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who, or that which, civilizes or tends to civilize.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which civilizes. Also spelled civiliser.
What is our role in South Asia if not that of a "civilizer"?
The "civilizer" has no intention of ever seeing the object of his desire "completed", but rather in a constant process of tutelage and "improvement".
Fu-ch'ai's surviving friends had indeed a very lively stimulus indeed-the fear of instant death-to drive them tumultuously over the seas; and doubtless, as they must have been perfectly harmless after tossing about hungry in open boats for weeks together, they would be as welcome to the Japanese king, or to the petty chief or chiefs who received the waifs, as in our own times was the honest sailor Will Adams when he drifted friendless to Japan, and whose statue now adorns a great Japanese city as that of a man who was, in a humble way, also a "civilizer" of Japan (600 A.D.).
In Africa the last flood of Germanic invasions spent itself within hearing of the last gasp of Byzantium, and it was through Africa that Islam came to play its great rôle of conqueror and civilizer.
Charles Mackay, in his 1841 classic, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, explained that dissatisfaction with one's lot in life, far from leading to evil, has been the "great civilizer of our race."
The dichotomy between “forwardness” and “backwardness” is a scale constructed and enforced by the civilizer to validate his civilizing/colonial project.
As long as the civilizer dangles the carrot of completion, he has cause to continue his project.
In other words, if we understand the terms of colonialism established by Edward Said in his seminal work Orientalism, we discover the civilizer must define the object of his desire as inferior and thus in need of civilization, he must also determine that they can be improved and refined through his civilizing project.
With the Nation tied so closely with constructed histories, constructed high culture and state constructed ethnicities, Ma's solution will maintain the gap between the civilizer and the "object" of their project.
Amyas was accustomed to this inquiry after the mythic civilizer of the forest Indians, who, after carving the mysterious sculptures which appear upon so many inland cliffs of that region, returned again whence he came, beyond the ocean.
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