Hybrids of Modernity: Anthropology, the Nation State and the Universal Exhibition
By: Penelope Harvey (author)Hardback
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Hybrids of Modernity considers the relationship between three western modernist institutions: anthropology, the nation state and the universal exhibition. It looks at the ways in which these institutions are linked, in how they are engaged in the objectification of culture, and in how they have themselves become objects of cultural theory, the targets of critics who claim that despite their continuing visibility these are all institutions with questionable viability in the late 20th century. Through analysis of the Universal Exhibition held in seville in 1992, the themes of culture, nationality and technology are explored. Particular attention is paid to how "culture" is produced and put to work by the national and corporate participants, and to the relationship between the emergence of culture as commodity and the way in which the concept is employed in contemporary cultural theory.
I: INTRODUCTION The World as Exhibition; The Global and the Local; Ethnology of the Culturally Familiar; Anthropology and Cultural Studies; The Expo '92; Hybrids of Modernity II: ANTHROPOLOGY: CAN WE DO ANTHROPOLOGY WHEN CULTURE AND CONTEXT BECOME SELF-EVIDENT? Context and the Cultural Construct; Context and interpretation at Expo '92; Auto-Anthropology: Contextualization as Interaction III: THE NATION STATE Technologies of Nationhood; The Nation State at expo '92; Cultural Difference in the Contemporary Nation State; The European Community - an Icon for the Multicultural State; Spain - The Multi-culturalism of a European Heartland; The United Kingdom - Fighting Against Stereotypical Associations of State and Nation; Hungary and Czechoslovakia: Problematizing the Link between State and nation; Switzerland: The Nation/State Deconstructed; The Globalization of the Nation State IV: THE UNIVERSAL EXHIBITION: CHANGING RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN TECHNOLOGY AND CULTURE Invisible Techniques of Assistance for the Expression of Cultural forms; Innovations and Improving Cultural Life; Technology as Cultural Artefact; Fujitsu; The Informatics of Domination V: HYBRID SUBJECTS: CITIZENS AS CONSUMERS On Consumption; The American Spirit Home; Knowledge and Choice; Consumption as Frustrated Desire; Experience and Modernity; Expo, Disney and the Welsh Garden Festival VI: CONCLUSION Cultural Process and Cultural Form; Hybrid Institutions
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