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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.

  • Offers a ground-breaking approach to central debates about globalization with chapters written by leading scholars from across the social sciences.

  • Examines a range of phenomena that articulate broad structural transformations: technoscience, circuits of exchange, systems of governance, and regimes of ethics or values.

  • Investigates these phenomena from the perspective of the “anthropological” problems they pose.

  • Covers a broad range of geographical areas: Africa, the Middle East, East and South Asia, North America, South America, and Europe.

  • Grapples with a number of empirical problems of popular and academic interest — from the organ trade, to accountancy, to pharmaceutical research, to neoliberal reform.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9781405123587
Editor:
Ong, Aihwa
Editor:
Collier, Stephen J.
Editor:
Ong, Aihwa
Editor:
Collier, Stephen J.
Author:
Collier, Stephen J.
Author:
Ong, Aihwa
Publisher:
Blackwell Publishers
Location:
Malden, MA
Subject:
General
Subject:
Technological innovations
Subject:
Social change
Subject:
Discoveries in science
Subject:
Globalization
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Social & Cultural Anthropology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
no. 2001-154
Publication Date:
October 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
259.5 x 189.3 x 35 mm 39 oz

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Product details 512 pages Blackwell Publishers - English 9781405123587 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , 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.

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