Cultural Identity and Global Process

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SAGE, Oct 5, 1994 - Social Science - 288 pages
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This fascinating book explores the interface between global processes, identity formation and the production of culture.

Examining ideas ranging from world systems theory to postmodernism, Jonathan Friedman investigates the relations between the global and the local, to show how cultural fragmentation and modernist homogenization are equally constitutive trends of global reality. With examples taken from a rich variety of theoretical sources, ethnographic accounts of historical eras, the analysis ranges across the cultural formations of ancient Greece, contemporary processes of Hawaiian cultural identification and Congolese beauty cults. Throughout, the author examines the interdependency of world market and local cultural transformations, and demonstrates the complex interrelations between globally structured social processes and the organization of identity.

Jonathan Friedman also documents the development and significance of a global perspective in an anthropology that illuminates a wide variety of domains from prehistory to world hegemony. In so doing, he interrogates the emergence of the concept of culture and suggests that anthropology itself is best understood within the trajectory of modernity.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Toward a Global Anthropology
1
Chapter 2 General Historical and Culturally Specific Properties of Global Systems
15
Chapter 3 Civilizational Cycles and the History of Primitivism
42
Chapter 4 The Emergence of the Culture Concept in Anthropology
67
Chapter 5 Culture Identity and World Process
78
Chapter 6 Cultural Logics of the Global System
91
Chapter 7 Globalization and Localization
102
Chapter 8 History and the Politics of Identity
117
Chapter 9 The Political Economy of Elegance
147
Chapter 10 Narcissism Roots and Postmodernity
167
Chapter 11 Global System Globalization and the Parameters of Modernity
195
Chapter 12 Order and Disorder in Global Systems
233
Bibliography
254
Index
264
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About the author (1994)

Jonathan Friedman is Professor in the Department of Sociology, University of Lund. He is co-editor (with Scott Lash) of Modernity and Identity (Blackwell, 1990).

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