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Edited by one of the most prominent scholars in the field and including a distinguished group of contributors, this collection of essays makes a striking intervention in the increasingly heated debates surrounding the cultural dimensions of globalization. While including discussions about what globalization is and whether it is a meaningful term, the volume focuses in particular on the way that changing sites-local, regional, diasporic-are the scenes of emergent forms of sovereignty in which matters of style, sensibility, and ethos articulate new legalities and new kinds of violence. Seeking an alternative to the dead-end debate between those who see globalization as a phenomenon wholly without precedent and those who see it simply as modernization, imperialism, or global capitalism with a new face, the contributors seek to illuminate how space and time are transforming each other in special ways in the present era. They examine how this complex transformation involves changes in the situation of the nation, the state, and the city. While exploring distinct regions-China, Africa, South America, Europe-and representing different disciplines and genres-anthropology, literature, political science, sociology, music, cinema, photography-the contributors are concerned with both the political economy of location and the locations in which political economies are produced and transformed. A special strength of the collection is its concern with emergent styles of subjectivity, citizenship, and mobilization and with the transformations of state power through which market rationalities are distributed and embodied locally. Contributors. Arjun Appadurai, Jean Francois Bayart, Jerome Binde, Nestor Garcia Canclini, Leo Ching, Steven Feld, Ralf D. Hotchkiss, Wu Hung, Andreas Huyssen, Boubacar Toure Mandemory, Achille Mbembe, Philipe Rekacewicz, Saskia Sassen, Fatu Kande Senghor, Seteney Shami, Anna Tsing, Zhang Zhen

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Product details

  • Paperback | 362 pages
  • 152 x 232 x 28mm | 662.24g
  • Duke University Press
  • North Carolina, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 33 photos, 1 map, 2 figures
  • 0822327236
  • 9780822327233
  • 227,014

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Author Information

Arjun Appadurai is Samuel N. Harper Professor of Anthropology and South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization.

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The thirteen articles and five photo-essays that make up the book come from a diverse body of anthropologists, historians, cultural critics, philosophers, cartographers and artists, engaging with objects of varying size and form, from different regions of the world. But the careful reader will find a provocative discussion, and no shortage of dialogue among contributors, in which the frontiers of globalization research and debate are pushed in ways that merit serious consideration. . . . [V]aluable . . . . [T]his book not only intervenes into some undeniably urgent debates for global society; it also provides a serviceable introduction to an international group of writers and cultural workers at the forefront of globalization scholarship. Among the many works that now compete for our attention in this market, "Globalization" certainly warrants close inspection." --Jeremy Stolow, "Topia"

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Public Culture's Millennial Quartet: "Alternative Modernities, " Edited by Dilip Parameshwar Gaonkar "Globalization, "Edited by Arjun Appadurai "Millennial Capitalism and the Culture of Neoliberalism, " Edited by Jean Comaroff & John L. Comaroff "Cosmopolitanism, " Edited by Carol A. Breckenridge, Sheldon Pollock, Homi K. Bhabha, & Dipesh Chakrabarty

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