Paperback Public Culture Book

Edited by Arjun Appadurai

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  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 362 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 232mm x 28mm | 662g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2001
  • Publication City/Country: North Carolina
  • ISBN 10: 0822327236
  • ISBN 13: 9780822327233
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 33 photographs, 1 map, 2 figures
  • Sales rank: 238,346

Product description

Edited by one of the most prominent scholars in the field and including a distinguished cast of contributors, this collection of essays makes a striking intervention in the increasingly heated debates surrounding the cultural dimensions of globalisation. While including discussions about what globalisation 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 globalisation as a phenomenon wholly without precedent and those who see it simply as modernisation, 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 mobilisation and with the transformations of state power through which market rationalities are distributed and embodied locally. Contributors. Arjun Appadurai, Jerome Binde, Nestor Garcia Canclini, Leo Ching, Steven Feld, Ralf D. Hotchkiss, Wu Hung, Andreas Huyssen, Boubacar Toure Mandemory, Achille Mbembe, Saskia Sassen, Fatu Kande Senghor, Seteney Shami, Anna Tsing, Zhang Zhen

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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."

Review quote

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"

Back cover copy

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

Table of contents

Contents: Grassroots Globalization and the Research Imagination Arjun Appadurai University of Chicago At the Edge of the World: Boundaries, Territoriality, and Sovereignty in Africa Achille Mbembe Mapping Concepts Philippe Rekacewicz Present Pasts: Media, Politics, Amnesia Andreas Huyssen Columbia University On Foot Boubacar Toure Mandemory On Wheels Ralf D. Hotchkiss Towards an Ethics of the Future Jerome Binde Analysis and Forecasting Office of UNESCO A Chinese Dream by Wan Jin Wu Hung University of Chicago Meditating Time: The "Rice Bowl of Youth" in Fin de Siecle Urban China Zhang Zhen New York University Inside the Economy of Appearances Anna Tsing University of California, Santa Cruz A Sweet Lullaby for World Music Steven Feld New York University On the Uddered Breast Prehistories of Globalization: Circassian Identity in Motion Seteney Shami Social Science Research Council in New York On the Predicament of the Sign: The Modern African Woman's Claim to Locality Fatu Kande Senghor Goree Institute, Senegal From National Capital to Global Capital: Urban Change in Mexico City Nestor Garcia Canclini Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico City Spatialities and Temporalities of the Global: Elements for a Theorization Saskia Sassen University of Chicago Globalizing the Regional, Regionalizing the Global: Mass Culture and Asianism in the Age of Late Capital Leo Ching Duke University The Paradoxical Invention of Economic Modernity Jean-Francois Bayart Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales