Cultural Autonomy: Frictions and Connections

Cultural Autonomy: Frictions and Connections


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Cultural Autonomy: Frictions and Connections by Petra Rethmann

Globalization has challenged concepts such as local culture and cultural autonomy. And the rampant commodification of cultural products has challenged the way we define culture itself. Have these developments transformed the relationship between culture and autonomy? Have traditional notions of cultural autonomy been recast?

Cultural Autonomy showcases the work of scholars who are exploring new ways of understanding the critical issue of globalization and culture. By defining culture broadly — as a set of ideas or practices that range from skateboarding to the work of public intellectuals such as Edward Said — they trace how issues of cultural autonomy have played out in various areas, including the human rights and environmental movements and among indigenous peoples. Although the contributors focus on the marginalized issue of autonomy, they offer a balanced perspective — one that reveals that globalization has not only limited but also created new forms of cultural autonomy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780774817608
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 12/01/2010
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Petra Rethmann is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology, McMaster University. Imre Szeman is Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies and Professor of English and Film Studies, University of Alberta. William D. Coleman is Centre for International Governance Innovation Chair in Globalization and Public Policy, Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Table of Contents



1 Introduction: Cultural Autonomy, Politics, and Global Capitalism /William D. Coleman, Imre Szeman, and Petra Rethman

2 Our Ways of Knowing: Globalization — The End ofUniversalism? / Arif Dirlik

3 Bioeconomics, Culture, and Politics after Globalization /Eric Cazdyn

4 Globalization, Postmodernism, and (Autonomous) Criticism /Imre Szeman

5 The World, the Literary, and the Political / PeterHitchcock

6 Global Public Intellectuals, Autonomy, and Culture: ReflectionsInspired by the Death of Edward Said / Neil McLaughlin

7 The Politics of Indigenous Knowledge in EnvironmentalAssessment: James Bay Crees and Hydroelectric Projects / Wren Nasrand Colin Scott

8 Global Humanitarianism and Racial Autonomy in RoméoDallaire's Shake Hands with the Devil / HeikeHärting

9 Global Activism and the Visual Grammar of Nature / PetraRethmann

10 Making Big Noise: The Northern Resonance of Zapatismo /Alex Khasnabish

11 Anti-Fascist Gluttons of the World Unite! The Cultural Politicsof Slow Food / Susie O'Brien

12 Autonomy on the Market: China and India Change Tracks /Anna Greenspan

13 Dead-Stock Boards, Blown-Out Spots, and the Olympic Games:Global Twists and Local Turns in the Formation of China'sSkateboarding Community / Tim Sedo

Notes and Acknowledgments

Works Cited



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