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Cultural Autonomy
Frictions and Connections
Petra Rethmann   Imre Szeman   William D. Coleman  

$87.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 4/1/2010
ISBN: 9780774817592    

$34.95 Paperback
Release Date: 1/1/2011
ISBN: 9780774817608    

344 Pages

Globalization and Autonomy series


About the Book

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.

About the Author(s)

Petra Rethmann is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology, McMaster University.

Imre Szeman is Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies and Professor of English and Film Studies, University of Alberta.

William D. Coleman is Centre for International Governance Innovation Chair in Globalization and Public Policy, Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction: Cultural Autonomy, Politics, and Global Capitalism / William D. Coleman, Imre Szeman, and Petra Rethmann
2. Our Ways of Knowing: Globalization --The End of Universalism? / Arif Dirlik
3. Bioeconomics, Culture, and Politics after Globalization / Eric Cazdyn
4. Globalization, Postmodernism, and (Autonomous) Criticism / Imre Szeman
5. The World, the Literary, and the Political / Peter Hitchcock
6. Global Public Intellectuals, Autonomy, and Culture: Reflections Inspired by the Death of Edward Said / Neil McLaughlin
7. The Politics of Indigenous Knowledge in Environmental Assessment: James Bay Crees and Hydroelectric Projects / Wren Nasr and Colin Scott
8. Culture, Race, and the Global Imaginary in Canadian Defence Policy: A Case Study of Roméo Dallaire’s Shake Hands with the Devil / Heike Härting
9. Global Activism and the Visual Grammar of Nature / Petra Rethmann
10. Making Big Noise: The Northern Resonance of Zapatismo / Alex Khasnabish
11. Anti-Fascist Gluttons of the World Unite! The Cultural Politics of Slow Food / Susie O’Brien
12. Autonomy on the Market: China and India Change Tracks / Anna Greenspan
13. Dead-Stock Boards, Blown-Out Spots, and the Olympic Games: Global Twists and Local Turns in the Formation of China’s Skateboarding Community / Tim Sedo

Notes and Acknowledgments
Works Cited


Sample Chapter

Front Matter and Chapter One

Related Topics

Cultural Studies

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