Places and Politics in an Age of Globalization

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This ambitious work provides a unique statement on the question of place-based activism and its relationship to powerful forces of international capital. Arguing that specific places around the world are sites for the defense and enhancement of daily life in the context of rapidly expanding global technologies and investment options, the contributors reach for a vision of social development that supports sustainable, humane cultures. Bringing together the local and the global, this work provides the first sustained linkage of ethnic groups in diaspora to macrocosmic processes of world capital that inevitably reach down to mediate even the most local experiences. The essays, ranging in their discussion of place from Los Angeles and New York to New Zealand and Indonesia, offer both reasoned argument and authoritiative information on how local experience interacts with larger processes of global capital and the diasporic phenomenon. The book will be an invaluable resource and launching point for scholars and students in ethnic and identity studies and will interest all readers exploring the production of place and identification.

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Editorial Reviews

H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
A valuable book....of theoretical interest to scholars in all areas of political science from American Politics to International Relations. It holds practical advice for activists, whether community based or members of international organizations.
Harry Harootunian
A genuinely original contribution that will open up a field of inquiry and thinking. Especially valuable is the attempt to relate ethnic and intra-ethnic studies in the United States to the larger processes of diasporic movements and metropolitan cultures, which has not been done before and is brilliantly articulated in the introductory essay.
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
A valuable book....of theoretical interest to scholars in all areas of political science from American Politics to International Relations. It holds practical advice for activists, whether community based or members of international organizations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742500389
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/15/2001
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Roxann Prazniak is assistant professor of history at the Robert D. Clark Honors College, University of Oregon. Arif Dirlik is professor of history at the University of Oregon.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Beware of the M-Word Part 2 Part I: Introduction: Theoretical Issues Chapter 3 Transnational Sociocultural Formations Chapter 4 Place-Based Imagination: Globalism and the Politics of Place Chapter 5 Indigeneous Struggles and the Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie Part 6 Part II: Transnationalism and Ethnic Identities: Labor, Capital, and the Problem of Community Chapter 7 Asians on the Rim: Transnational Capital and Local Community in the Making of Asian America Chapter 8 Chinese Illegals are American Labor Chapter 9 Organizing Labor among Difference: The Impact of Race/Ethnicity, Citizenship, and Gender on Working Class Solidarity Chapter 10 Natives and Nations: Identity Formation in Postcolonial Melanesia Chapter 11 The Indigenization of Ethnicity: Capital and Community in Maori Tribalism Part 12 Part III: Contra Developmentalism: The Political Ecology of Indigenism Chapter 13 Place, Economy, and Culture in the Imagination of a Post-Development Era Chapter 14 Globalization and Environmental Resistance Politics Chapter 15 Political Organizing in the Land of the Great Spirit. Tunkashila: A Conversation with Joann Tall Chapter 16 Beyond Unity: Transcommunal Roots of Coordination in the Iroquois Model of Cooperation and Diversity Part 17 Part IV: Conclusion Chapter 18 Rethinking Difference and Gender: Women and the Politics of Place

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