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Community, Cosmopolitanism and the Problem of Human Commonality (Anthropology, Culture and Society)by Vered Amit
Synopses & Reviews
Globalization has dislocated community relations, and yet notions of community remain central to our sense of who we are.
This book examines the changing nature of community through an exploration of mobile subjects, such as migrants and business travelers, and the tension between culturally specific notions of identity and a universal sense of humanity. The authors develop a "cosmopolitan anthropology" which engages with both the specific and the universal.
Community, Cosmopolitanism and the Problem of Human Commonality offers a new perspective on community through a dialogue between two eminent anthropologists, who come from distinct, but complementary, positions.
A rethinking of popular political movements, this book looks at new, emerging, mass visions and analyses their impact and potential in new ways.
About the Author
Vered Amit is Professor of Anthropology at Concordia University in Montreal. Together with Nigel Rapport, she is the author of The Trouble with Community: Anthropological Reflections on Movement, Identity and Collectivity (Pluto, 2002) and editor of Claiming Individuality (2006). Nigel Rapport is Professor of Anthropological and Philosophical Studies at the University of St Andrews. He is author of a number of books including Transcendent Individual (Routledge, 1997).
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements * Prologue: The Book's Structure Nigel Rapport and Vered Amit * PART I COMMUNITY AND DISJUNCTION: THE CREATIVITY AND UNCERTAINTY OF EVERYDAY ENGAGEMENT; Vered Amit * 1. Community as 'Good to Think With': The Productiveness of Strategic Ambiguities. * 2. Consociation and Communitas: The Ambiguous Charms of the Quotidian * 3. Disjuncture as 'Good to Think With' * 4. Mobility and Cosmopolitanism: Frustrated Aspirations towards disjuncture. * Notes * References * PART II COSMOPOLITANISM: ACTORS, RELATIONS AND INSTITUTIONS BEYOND THE COMMUNITARIAN; Nigel Rapport * Preamble * 5. Introduction: The Space of Cosmopolitanism, and the Cosmopolitan Subject * 6. Cosmopolitan Living: People of the Air and Global Guests * 7. Cosmopolitan Learning: Diffusion, Openness and Irony * 8. Cosmopolitan Planning: Anyone, Society and Community * 9. Epilogue: Cosmopolitanism and Culture * Notes * References * PART III: DIALOGUE * 10. Amit Responds to Rapport: When cosmopolitan rights are not enough * 11. Rapport Responds to Amit: On the analytical need to deconstruct 'community' * Index
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