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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Globalization The End of Universalism?
3 Bioeconomics Culture and Politics after Globalization
4 Globalization Postmodernism and Autonomous Criticism
5 The World the Literary and the Political
Reflections Inspired by the Death of Edward Said
James Bay Crees and Hydroelectric Projects
8 Global Humanitarianism and Racial Autonomy in Roméo Dallaires Shake Hands with the Devil
The Northern Resonance of Zapatismo
11 AntiFascist Gluttons of the World Unite The Cultural Politics of Slow Food
China and India Change Tracks
Global Twists and Local Turns in the Formation of Chinas Skateboarding Community
Notes and Acknowledgments
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9 Global Activism and the Visual Grammar of Nature

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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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