Cultural Autonomy: Frictions and Connections

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Petra Rethmann, Imre Szeman, William D. Coleman
UBC Press, Jan 1, 2011 - Political Science - 344 pages
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Globalization has challenged concepts such as local culture and cultural autonomy. And the rampant commodification of cultural products has challenged the way we define culture itself. Have these developments transformed the relationship between culture and autonomy? Have traditional notions of cultural autonomy been recast?

Cultural Autonomy showcases the work of scholars who are exploring new ways of understanding the critical issue of globalization and culture. By defining culture broadly as a set of ideas or practices that range from skateboarding to the work of public intellectuals such as Edward Said they trace how issues of cultural autonomy have played out in various areas, including the human rights and environmental movements and among indigenous peoples. Although the contributors focus on the marginalized issue of autonomy, they offer a balanced perspective one that reveals that globalization has not only limited but also created new forms of cultural autonomy.

 

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Contents

Cultural Autonomy Politics and Global Capitalism
1
Globalization The End of Universalism?
28
3 Bioeconomics Culture and Politics after Globalization
49
4 Globalization Postmodernism and Autonomous Criticism
66
5 The World the Literary and the Political
86
Reflections Inspired by the Death of Edward Said
111
James Bay Crees and Hydroelectric Projects
132
8 Global Humanitarianism and Racial Autonomy in Roméo Dallaires Shake Hands with the Devil
156
The Northern Resonance of Zapatismo
197
11 AntiFascist Gluttons of the World Unite The Cultural Politics of Slow Food
219
China and India Change Tracks
240
Global Twists and Local Turns in the Formation of Chinas Skateboarding Community
257
Notes and Acknowledgments
283
Works Cited
292
Contributors
311
Index
314

9 Global Activism and the Visual Grammar of Nature
178

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Petra Rethmann is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at McMaster University. Imre Szeman is Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies and a professor of English and film studies at the University of Alberta. William D. Coleman is CIGI Chair in Globalization and Public Policy at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo.

Contributors: Eric Cazdyn, Arif Dirlik, Anna Greenspan, Heike H rting, Peter Hitchcock, Alex Khasnabish, Neil McLaughlin, Wren Nasr, Susie O'Brien, Colin Scott, Tim Sedo

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