Anthropology and the New Cosmopolitanism Rooted, Feminist and Vernacular Perspectives

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  • Copyright: 2008-05-15
  • Publisher: Berg Pub Ltd

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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.

Author Biography

Pnina Werbner is Professor of Social Anthropology, Keele University.

Table of Contents

List of Contributorsp. vii
Prefacep. xiii
Introduction: Towards a New Cosmopolitan Anthropologyp. 1
Anthropology as a Cosmopolitan Discipline
The Founding Moment: Sixty Years Agop. 33
The Cosmopolitan Encounter: Social Anthropology and the Kindness of Strangersp. 47
Towards a Rooted Anthropology: Malinowski, Gellner and Herderian Cosmopolitanismp. 69
Feminist and Non-Violent Cosmopolitan Movements
Gender, Rights and Cosmopolitanismsp. 87
Islamic Cosmopolitics, Human Rights and Anti-Violence Strategies in Indonesiap. 111
'A new consciousness must come': Affectivity and Movement in Tamil Dalit Women's Activist Engagement with Cosmopolitan Modernityp. 135
Rooted Cosmopolitanism, Public Cosmopolitans
A Native Palestinian Anthropologist in Palestinian-Israeli Cosmopolitanismp. 159
Responding to Rooted Cosmopolitanism: Patriots, Ethnics and the Public Good in Botswanap. 173
Paradoxes of the Cosmopolitan in Melanesiap. 197
Cosmopolitics, Neoliberalism, and the State: The Indigenous Rights Movement in Africap. 215
Vernacular Cosmopolitans, Cosmopolitan National Spaces
Cosmopolitan Nations, National Cosmopolitansp. 233
Other Cosmopolitans in the Making of the Modern Malay Worldp. 261
On Cosmopolitan and (Vernacular) Democratic Creativity: Or, There Never Was a Westp. 281
Demotic and Working-Class Cosmopolitanisms
Xenophobia and Xenophilia in South Africa: African Migrants in Cape Townp. 309
Cosmopolitan Values in a Central Indian Steel Townp. 325
Cosmopolitanism, Globalisation and Diasporap. 345
Indexp. 361
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