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Worlds Apart : Modernity Through the Prism of the Local - Daniel Miller

Worlds Apart

Modernity Through the Prism of the Local

By: Daniel Miller (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 24th August 1995
ISBN: 9780415107884
Number Of Pages: 288

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"Worlds Apart" maps out one of the new directions of anthropology, that aimed at advances in technologies which create an imagination of new global and local forms. It examines global institutions ranging from bureaucracy to business and from soap operas to beauty contests in regions such as West Africa, Hawaii, Australia, Belize and Egypt. The overall issue is whether there exists either a global level that transcends these loaclized manifestations or a local level that exists other than in relation to a wider domain.
Anthropology has traditionally been more concerned with what is often assumed were regional traditions, and may have appeared threatened by increasing transnational institutions. In this book, however, the contributors who have studied these themes in their specific localized forms, show why there may be more, rather than less, reason to carry out ethnographic and comparative research when ethnographic detail is acknowledged to be closely linked to emergent global forms.
This book will provide a firm foundation for future debates about local-global relations as well as demonstrating the continued significance of the contribution of anthropology to such discussions. It will be invaluable reading to all anthropologists and students of anthropology, cultural studies, media studies, human geography and sociology.

List of illustrations
List of contributors
Series editor's preface
Foreword
Introduction: anthropology, modernity and consumption
Inconsistent temporalities in a nation-space
Creating a culture of disillusionment: consumption in Moscow, a chronicle of changing times
Bureaucratic erasure: identity, resistance and violence - Aborigines and a discourse of autonomy in a North Queensland town
Around a plantation: the ethnography of business in Cameroon
Learning to be local in Belize: global systems of common difference
Global complexity and the simplicity of everyday life
On soap opera: what kind of anthropological object is it?
The objects of soap opera: Egyptian television and the cultural politics of modernity
Aboriginal art in a global context
Traversing the global and the local: fuji music and praise poetry in the production of contemporary Yoruba popular culture
Name index
Subject index
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415107884
ISBN-10: 0415107881
Series: Media Practice (Hardcover)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 24th August 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.58
Edition Number: 1