Words in Motion: Toward a Global Lexicon

Words in Motion: Toward a Global Lexicon

by Carol Gluck
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822345366

ISBN-13: 9780822345367

Pub. Date: 12/04/2009

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

On the premise that words have the power to make worlds, each essay in this book follows a word as it travels around the globe and across time. Scholars from five disciplines address thirteen societies to highlight the social and political life of words in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. The approach is consciously

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On the premise that words have the power to make worlds, each essay in this book follows a word as it travels around the globe and across time. Scholars from five disciplines address thirteen societies to highlight the social and political life of words in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. The approach is consciously experimental, in that rigorously tracking specific words in specific settings frequently leads in unexpected directions and alters conventional depictions of global modernity.

Such words as security in Brazil, responsibility in Japan, community in Thailand, and hijāb in France changed the societies in which they moved even as the words were changed by them. Some words threatened to launch wars, as injury did in imperial Britain’s relations with China in the nineteenth century. Others, such as secularism, worked in silence to agitate for political change in twentieth-century Morocco. Words imposed or imported from abroad could be transformed by those who wielded them to oppose the very powers that first introduced them, as happened in Turkey, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Taken together, this selection of fourteen essays reveals commonality as well as distinctiveness across modern societies, making the world look different from the interdisciplinary and transnational perspective of “words in motion.”

Contributors. Mona Abaza, Itty Abraham, Partha Chatterjee, Carol Gluck, Huri Islamoglu, Claudia Koonz, Lydia H. Liu, Driss Maghraoui, Vicente L. Rafael, Craig J. Reynolds, Seteney Shami, Alan Tansman, Kasian Tejapira, Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822345367
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
12/04/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Words in Motion / Carol Gluck 3

Works in Motion / Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing 11

Words with Shadows

Segurança/Security in Brazil and the United States / Itty Abraham 21

Adat/Indigenous: Indigeneity in Motion / Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing 40

Words That Expand

Ada/Custom in the Middle East and South Asia / Mona Abaza 67

Sekinin/Responsibility in Modern Japan / Carol Gluck 83

Words Unspoken

Ilmaniyya, Laïcité, Secularisme/Secularism in Morocco / Driss Maghraoui 109

Saburaimu/Sublime: A Japanese Word and Its Political Afterlife / Alan Tansman 129

Words That Cover

Aqalliyya/Minority in Modern Egyptian Discourse / Seteney Shami 151

Hijâb/Headscarf: A Political Journey / Claudia Koonz 174

Fear Words

Injury: Incriminating Words and Imperial Power / Lydia H. Liu 199

Conjuracion/Conspiracy in the Philippine Revolution of 1896 / Vicente L. Rafael 219

Terrorism: State Sovereignty and Militant Politics in India / Partha Chatterjee 240

Words That Set Standards

Komisyon/Commission and Kurul/Board: Words that Rule / Huri Islamoglu 265

Chumchon/Community in Thailand / Craig J. Reynolds 286

Thammarat/Good Governance in Glocalizing Thailand / Kasian Tejapira 306

Notes on Contributors 327

Index 329

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