Anthropology and the New Cosmopolitanism: Rooted, Feminist and Vernacular Perspectives (Association of Social Anthropologists Monographs v. 45)

Anthropology and the New Cosmopolitanism: Rooted, Feminist and Vernacular Perspectives (Association of Social Anthropologists Monographs v. 45)

By: Pnina Werbner (editor)Paperback

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Anthropology and the New Cosmopolitanism inaugurates a new, situated, cosmopolitan anthropology. It examines the rise of postcolonial movements responsive to global rights movements, which espouse a politics of dignity, cultural difference, democracy, dissent and tolerance. The book starts from the premise that cosmopolitanism is not, and never has been, a 'western', elitist ideal exclusively. The book's major innovation is to show the way cosmopolitans beyond the North - in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Malaysia, India, Africa, the Middle East and Mexico - juggle universalist commitments with roots in local cultural milieus and particular communities.Anthropology and the New Cosmopolitanism breaks new ground in theorizing the role of social anthropology as a discipline that engages with the moral, economic, legal and political transformations and dislocations of a globalizing world. It introduces the reader to key debates surrounding cosmopolitanism in the social sciences, and is written clearly and accessibly for undergraduates in anthropology and related subjects.

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Pnina Werbner is Professor of Social Anthropology, Keele University.


Chapter 1. Introduction: Towards a New Cosmopolitan Anthropology, Pnina Werbner Section 1: Anthropology as a Cosmopolitan Discipline Chapter 2. The Founding Moment: Sixty Years Ago, Elizabeth Colson Chapter 3. The Cosmopolitan Encounter: Social Anthropology and the Kindness of Strangers, Pnina Werbner Chapter 4. Central European Cocktails: Malinowski and Gellner vis-a-vis Herderian Cosmopolitanism, Chris Hann Section 2: Feminist and Non-Violent Cosmopolitan Movements Chapter 5. Gender, Rights and Cosmopolitanisms, Maila Stivens Chapter 6. Islamic Cosmopolitics, human rights and anti-violence strategies Indonesia, Kathryn Robinson Chapter 7. 'A New Consciousness Must Come': Affectivity and Movement in Tamil Dalit Women's Activist Engagement with Cosmopolitan Modernity, Kalpana Ram Section 3: Rooted Cosmopolitan, Public Cosmopolitans Chapter 8. A Native Anthropologist in Palestinian Israeli Cosmopolitanism, Aref Abu Rabia Chapter 9. Reaching the Cosmopolitan Subject: Patriotism, Ethnicity and the Public Good in Botswana, Richard Werbner Chapter 10. Paradoxes of the Cosmopolitan in Melanesia, Eric Hirsch Chapter 11. Cosmopolitics, Neoliberalism, and the State: The Indigenous Rights Movement in Africa, Dorothy Hodgson Section 4: Vernacular Cosmopolitans, Cosmopolitan Nations Chapter 12. Cosmopolitan Nations, National Cosmopolitans, Richard Fardon Chapter 13. Other Cosmopolitans in the Making of the Modern Malay World, Joel S. Kahn Chapter 14. On Cosmopolitan and (Vernacular) Democratic Creativity, or: There Never Was a West, David Graeber Section 5: Demotic and Working Class Cosmopolitanisms Chapter 15. Xenophobia and Xenophilia in South Africa, Owen Sichone Chapter 16. Cosmopolitan Values in a Central Indian Steel Town, Jonathan Parry Chapter 17. Cosmopolitanism, Globalisation and Diaspora, Stuart Hall in Conversation with Pnina Werbner

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  • publication date: 01/04/2009
  • ISBN13: 9781847881984
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 398
  • ID: 9781847881984
  • weight: 557
  • ISBN10: 184788198X

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