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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 Zhenshow more

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  • 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
  • 268,972

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"show more

About Arjun Appadurai

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 more

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 Chakrabartyshow more

Table of contents

Grassroots Globalization and the Research Imagination / Arjun Appadurai 1 At the Edge of the World: Boundaries, Territoriality, and Sovereignty in Africa / Achille Mbembe 22 Mapping Concepts / Philippe Rekacewicz 52 Present Pasts: Media, Politics, Amnesia / Andreas Huyssen 57 On Foot / Boubacar Toure Mandemory 78 On Wheels / Ralf D. Hotchkiss 81 Toward an Ethics of the Future / Jerome Binde 90 A Chinese Dream by Wang Jin / Wu Hung 114 Mediating Time: The "Rice Bowl of Youth" in Fin de Siecle Urban China / Zhang Zhen 131 Inside the Economy of Appearances / Anna Tsing 155 A Sweet Lullaby for World Music / Steven Feld 189 On the Uddered Breast 217 Prehistories of Globalization: Circassian Identity in Motion / Seteney Shami 220 On the Predicament of the Sign: The Modern African Women's Claim to Locality / Fatu Kande Senghor 251 From National Capital to Global Capital: Urban Change in Mexico City / Nestor Garcia Canclini 253 Spatialities and Temporalities of the Global: Elements for a Theorization / Saskia Sassen 260 Globalizing the Regional, Regionalizing the Global: Mass Culture and Asianism in the Age of Late Capital / Leo Ching 279 The Paradoxical Invention of Economic Modernity / Jean-Francois Bayart 307 Contributors 335 Index 339show more