Global Assemblages: Technology, Politics, and Ethics as Anthropological Problems

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Aihwa Ong, Stephen J. Collier
John Wiley & Sons, Apr 30, 2008 - Social Science - 512 pages
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Provides an exciting approach to some of the most contentious issues in discussions around globalization—bioscientific research, neoliberalism, governance—from the perspective of the "anthropological" problems they pose; in other words, in terms of their implications for how individual and collective life is subject to technological, political, and ethical reflection and intervention.

  • Offers a ground-breaking approach to central debates about globalization with chapters written by leading scholars from across the social sciences.
  • Examines a range of phenomena that articulate broad structural transformations: technoscience, circuits of exchange, systems of governance, and regimes of ethics or values.
  • Investigates these phenomena from the perspective of the “anthropological” problems they pose.
  • Covers a broad range of geographical areas: Africa, the Middle East, East and South Asia, North America, South America, and Europe.
  • Grapples with a number of empirical problems of popular and academic interest — from the organ trade, to accountancy, to pharmaceutical research, to neoliberal reform.

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Aihwa Ong is Professor of Anthropology and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Stephen J. Collier is a faculty member at the Graduate Program in International Affairs, The New School University.

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