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Global Assemblages: Technology, Politics, and Ethics as Anthropological Problemsby Aihwa Ong
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Provides an exciting approach to some of the most contentious issues in discussions around globalization—bioscientific research, neoliberalism, governance—from the perspective of the "anthropological" problems they pose; in other words, in terms of their implications for how individual and collective life is subject to technological, political, and ethical reflection and intervention.
Provides an exciting approach to some of the most contentious issues in discussions around globalization--bioscientific research, neoliberalism, governance--from the perspective of the anthropological problems they pose; in other words, in terms of their implications for how individual and collective life is subject to technological, political, and ethical reflection and intervention.
Global Assemblages presents a unique perspective on the current globalization debates. Rather than examining globalization as a marker for a new epoch or as a broad structural transformation, this volume examines specific technologies, ethical regimes, and administrative systems that articulate contemporary transformations. The chapters combine a sophisticated theoretical approach to these “global” phenomena with detailed study of the assemblages in which they become significant for individual and collective life.
The contributors to the volume are leading scholars from sociology, anthropology, and geography whose research spans Africa, the Middle East, East and South Asia, North America, South America, and Europe. Their work examines the conflicts and controversies at the heart of contemporary debates, in areas such as neoliberal reform, the pharmaceutical industry, financial practices, illegal trafficking, and information technology.
About the Author
Aihwa Ong is Professor of Anthropology and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
Stephen J. Collier is a faculty member at the Graduate Program in International Affairs, The New School University.
Table of Contents
Part I: Introduction.
Part II: Bioscience And Biological Life.
Part III: Social Technologies And Disciplines
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