Modernities, Class, and the Contradictions of Globalization: The Anthropology of Global Systems

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In Modernities, Class, and the Contradictions of Globalization, two distinguished anthropologists look at how global processes have shaped the emergence of our dynamic and often difficult and contradictory modern world. The authors are particularly interested in structures that link individual human beings to more general social transformations. This book is a synthesis of the Friedmans' decades-long anthropological research into the human consequences—whether for good or bad—of globalization.

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Editorial Reviews

Nina Glick Schiller
Weaving together a provocative and innovative approach to the global process of social reproduction, Kajsa Ekholm Friedman and Jonathan Friedman move beyond glib and fashionable globalization-speak and identity-talk. In a series of broad-ranging essays, they challenge us to rethink the logic of modernity and issues of political economy, class, cultural authenticity, and representation.
Stephen Reyna
Bacall and Bogart typify a particular time in film. Ekholm Friedman and Friedman define a particular time in anthropology. Bacall and Bogart did it with grace; Ekholm Friedman and Friedman do it with disciplinary elegance. What they do is to rethink anthropology, specifically by using global anthropology to explain the emergence and dynamics of the modern world. In Modernities, Class, and the Contradictions of Globalization, the second volume of their monumental The Anthropology of Global Systems, the authors introduce concepts and theoretical debates that have characterized different attempts to understand the global. Ekholm Friedman and Friedman help us understand the modern world's changing ethnographic landscape, forms of political order, and diverse modes of discourse. They are the Bacall and Bogart of systemic globalization.
Bruce Kapferer
Here, at last, is a book that challenges conventional wisdom in the social sciences concerning globalization. The authors conceive of globalization (and thus the destruction it has sown) as a systemic global process of fragmentation caused by such forces as the decline of Western political economies and the movement of capital into new centers of power. They brilliantly question many public 'solutions' to the problems of globalization, arguing that they are often merely new ways of dressing up old ideas that never did address sufficiently the plight of those caught in the destructive web of globalizing forces. This volume is a major work that will dispel complacency, inspire discussion, and, one hopes, lead to a re-imagining of new solutions to global problems.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759111127
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 6/9/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 330
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Kajsa Ekholm Friedman is professor in the Department of Social Anthropology at Lund University, Sweden. Jonathan Friedman is directeur d'études at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, in Paris, and professor of social anthropology at Lund University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Pt. I Other Modernities? Resistance, Continuities, and Transformations 25

1 From Religion to Magic Kajsa Ekholm Friedman Friedman, Kajsa Ekholm 29

2 Myth, History, and Political Identity Jonathan Friedman Friedman, Jonathan 89

3 Will the Real Hawaiian Please Stand? Anthropologists and Natives in the Global Struggle for Identity Jonathan Friedman Friedman, Jonathan 109

4 Global Complexity and the Simplicity of Everyday Life Kajsa Ekholm Friedman Friedman, Kajsa Ekholm Jonathan Friedman Friedman, Jonathan 139

Pt. II Other Modernities? Globalization, the State, and Violence 175

5 State Classes, the Logic of Rentier Power, and Social Disintegration: Global Parameters and Local Structures of the Decline of the Congo Kajsa Ekholm Friedman Friedman, Kajsa Ekholm 179

6 Social Movements and the Struggle against Evil Kajsa Ekholm Friedman Friedman, Kajsa Ekholm 213

7 The Implosion of Modernity: A New Tribalism Jonathan Friedman Friedman, Jonathan 239

Pt. III Globalization as Representation and Reality 263

8 The Hybridization of Roots and the Abhorrence of the Bush Jonathan Friedman Friedman, Jonathan 265

9 Indigenous Struggles and the Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie Jonathan Friedman Friedman, Jonathan 295

Index 315

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