Book Review: Arjun Appadurai, Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger (Durham: Duke University Press, , pp., £ pbk. . Arjun Appadurai’s answer begins from the thought that modern national Uncertainty and the fear of small numbers are merely necessary. Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geog. Appadurai. Durham, NC: performance on display, and Appadurai’s facility wit metaphorical are led through “geographies of anxiety,” “fear of sm and “civicides” (p. Appadurai, Arjun.
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Instead, liberalism often goes toward a populist, primordialist route against immigrants and Others see Samuel Huntington. Public Planet Books Series Editor s: Global flows of mass-mediated images of self and other create sites for the expression of hybrid identities which unsettle large-scale national ones. I highly recommend this book to all people interested in the fate of the contemporary world. This was a nice, relatively brisk read and I did not find it too overtly complex.
Appadurai suggests that ethnocide is especially likely when a small appaudrai minority is seen by a large majority as an obstacle to “a pure and untainted national ethnos.
Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger
If you are requesting permission to photocopy material for classroom use, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center at copyright. Hence the “fear of small numbers. River rated it really liked it Nov 22, Further, as a first tentative exploration of such issues, the book may be interpreted as a novel direction in the important scholarship of Appadurai where he is more critically concerned with globalization.
Please check the credit line adjacent to the illustration, as well as the front and back matter of the book for a list of credits. For Appadurai the answer lies in the very globalization that hasn’t been yet critically analyzed from the point of view of the kind of violence that it helps plan, organize and carry out by the cellular organizations as against the State who should ideally be the monopoly over violence according to Max Weber.
Fear nubers Small Numbers: But in the end, the phenomena Appadurai tries to describe and capture –the geography of anger– remains indistinct. But I sometimes feel that his cookie-cutter categorisation is a tad too simplistic.
India, a country about which Appadurai knows a great deal, is the model he relies on for many of his generalizations. Paperbackpages.
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There is a tendency in this otherwise fine book for the author to slip into an almost smalll need to coin new terms which are unnecessary and muddy the waters: Fear of Small Numbers is an important and useful book. Disability Requests Instructions for requesting an electronic text on behalf of a student with disabilities are available here.
An Essay on the Geography of Anger. Fear of Small Numbers: Why, then, in this era of intense globalization, has there been a proliferation of violence, of ethnic cleansing on the one hand and extreme forms of political violence against The period since has been marked by the global endorsement of open markets, the free flow of finance capital and liberal ideas of constitutional rule, and the active expansion of human rights.
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Our Terrorists, Ourselves 87 6. Description The period since has been marked by the global endorsement of open markets, the free flow of finance capital and liberal ideas of constitutional rule, and the active expansion of human rights. Contents From Ethnocide to Ideocide.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. He cannot seem to appadruai the picture into proper focus. My question, to put it more simply, is whether the majority’s perception of threat can ever be well-founded.
I enjoyed reading this work. Mar 14, Rob Van rated it it was amazing Shelves: Powerful, provocative, and timely, Fear of Small Numbers is a thoughtful smsll to rethink what violence is in an age of globalization.
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