9781844679829

The Future as Cultural Fact

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    9781844679829

  • ISBN10:

    1844679829

  • Edition: 00
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2013-03-12
  • Publisher: VERSO
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Summary

This major collection of essays, a sequel to Modernity at Large (1996), is the product of ten years' research and writing, constituting an important contribution to globalization studies. Appadurai takes a broad analytical look at the genealogies of the present era of globalization through essays on violence, commodification, nationalism, terror and materiality. Alongside a discussion of these wider debates, Appadurai situates India at the heart of his work, offering writing based on first-hand research among urban slum-dwellers in Mumbai, in which he examines their struggle to achieve equity, recognition and self-governance in conditions of extreme inequality. Finally, in his work on design, planning, finance and poverty, Appadurai embraces the politics of hope and lays the foundations for a revitalized, and urgent, anthropology of the future.

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