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Globalization and Identity : Dialectics of Flow and Closure - Birgit Meyer

Globalization and Identity

Dialectics of Flow and Closure

By: Birgit Meyer (Editor), Peter Geschiere (Editor)


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"Globalization" and "Identity" are an explosive combination, demonstrated by recent outbursts of communalist violence in many parts of the world. Their varying articulations highlight the paradox that accelerating global flows of goods, persons and images go together with determined efforts towards closure, emphasis on cultural difference and fixing of identities. This collection explores this paradox of 'flow' and 'closure' through a series of detailed case studies in comparative perspective.

"This mixture of the empirical and the theoretical as well as theemphasis on globalization as an ambivalent situation of flow andclosure are the main strengths of this volume and as such it servesas a useful introduction to the topic, not least to those are putoff by the overly theoretical approaches usually associated withthe subject matter." John Walliss, Bookends

"The immense merit of this volume to readers who are not steepedin the debates about globalization is that it makes the subjectrelevant to concerns widely shared in the world today. It is alsoeasily comprehensible, with its, on the whole, enlighteningcase-studies." Patrick Chabal, International Affairs

" With a rich confluence of diverse empirical material withsocial theory, the writers in this volume have made a strong andtimely anthology for those interested in globalization or identitystudies" Matthew Kurtz, University of AlaskaAnchorage

Introduction. (Birgit Meyer and Peter Geshiere).

Nationalism and Transnationalism.

Cirassian Encounters: The Self as Other and the Production of the Homeland in the North Caucasus. (Seteney Shami).

Transnationalism in the Era of Nation-States: China, 1900-1945. (Prasenjit Duara).

The French Colonial Policy of Assimilation and the Civility of the Originaires of the Four Communes (Senegal): A Nineteenth Century Globalization Project. (Mamadou Diouf).

Enforcing the Human Rights of Citizens and Non-Citizens in the Era of Maastricht: Some Reflections on the Importance of States. (Jacqueline Bhabha).

Commodities and Fantasies.

Small Product, Big Issues: Value Contestations and Cultural Identities in Cross-Border Commodity Networks.

Commodities and the Power of Prayer: Pentecostalist Attitudes Towards Consumption in Contemporary Ghana. (Birgit Meyer).

Domesticating Diamonds and Dollars: Identity, Expenditure and Sharing in Southwestern Zaire (1984-1997). (Filip De Boeck).

Globalization and the Power of Indeterminate Meaning: Witchcraft and Spirit Cults in Africa and East Asia. (Peter Geschiere).

Theoretical Reflections.

Time and the Global: Against the Homogeneous, Empty Communities in Contemporary Social Theory. John D. Kelly.

Globalization and Virtuality: Analytical Problems Posed by the Contemporary Transformation of African Societies. (Wim van Binsbergen).

Dead Certainty: Ethnic Violence in the Era of Globalization. (Arjun Appadurai).

Epilogue: On Some Reports from a Free Space. (Ulf Hannerz).

Notes on Contributors.


ISBN: 9780631212386
ISBN-10: 0631212388
Series: Development and Change Special Issues
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 4th May 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.04  x 2.69
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 1