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Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger (Public Planet Books)

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The period since 1989 has been marked by the global endorsement of open markets, the free flow of finance capital and liberal ideas of constitutional rule, and the active expansion of human rights. Why, then, in this era of intense globalization, has there been a proliferation of violence, of ethnic cleansing on the one hand and extreme forms of political violence against civilian populations on the other?

Fear of Small Numbers is Arjun Appadurai’s answer to that question. A leading theorist of globalization, Appadurai turns his attention to the complex dynamics fueling large-scale, culturally motivated violence, from the genocides that racked Eastern Europe, Rwanda, and India in the early 1990s to the contemporary “war on terror.” Providing a conceptually innovative framework for understanding sources of global violence, he describes how the nation-state has grown ambivalent about minorities at the same time that minorities, because of global communication technologies and migration flows, increasingly see themselves as parts of powerful global majorities. By exacerbating the inequalities produced by globalization, the volatile, slippery relationship between majorities and minorities foments the desire to eradicate cultural difference.

Appadurai analyzes the darker side of globalization: suicide bombings; anti-Americanism; the surplus of rage manifest in televised beheadings; the clash of global ideologies; and the difficulties that flexible, cellular organizations such as Al-Qaeda present to centralized, “vertebrate” structures such as national governments. Powerful, provocative, and timely, Fear of Small Numbers is a thoughtful invitation to rethink what violence is in an age of globalization.

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Argues that the many forms of ethnic violence around the world, both internal and transnational, need to be seen in the context of globalization.

Synopsis:

A leading theorist of globalization provides a conceptually innovative framework for understanding sources of global violence

Synopsis:

Providing a conceptually innovative framework for understanding sources of global violence, this work describes how the nation-state has grown ambivalent about minorities at the same time that minorities, because of global communication technologies and migration flows, increasingly see themselves as parts of powerful global majorities.

About the Author

Arjun Appadurai is the John Dewey Professor in the Social Sciences at The New School, where he is also Senior Advisor for Global Initiatives. His books include Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization and the collection Globalization, also published by Duke University Press. He is a cofounder of the journal Public Culture, founder of the nonprofit PUKAR (Partners for Urban Knowledge, Action, and Research) in Mumbai, cofounder and codirector of ING (Interdisciplinary Network on Globalization), and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has served as a consultant or advisor to a wide range of public and private organizations, including the Ford, Rockefeller, and MacArthur foundations; UNESCO; the World Bank; and the National Science Foundation.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822338635
Author:
Appadurai, Arjun
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Author:
Warner, Michael
Author:
Kramer, Jane
Author:
Gaonkar, Dilip Parameshwar
Author:
Lee, Benjamin
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Culture conflict
Subject:
Globalization - Social aspects
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Public Planet Books
Publication Date:
20060531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5.38 in

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Argues that the many forms of ethnic violence around the world, both internal and transnational, need to be seen in the context of globalization.
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