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A leading theorist of globalization provides a conceptually innovative framework for understanding sources of global violence

Table of Contents

Preface ix
1. From Ethnocide to Ideocide 1
2. The Civilization of Clashes 15
3. Globalization and Violence 35
4. Fear of Small Numbers 49
5. Our Terrorists, Ourselves 87
6. Grassroots Globalization in the Era of Ideocide 115
Bibliography 139
Index 143

About the Author

Arjun Appadurai is the John Dewey Professor in the Social Sciences at The New School, where he is also Senior Advisor for Global Initiatives. His books include Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization and the collection Globalization, also published by Duke University Press. He is a cofounder of the journal Public Culture, founder of the nonprofit PUKAR (Partners for Urban Knowledge, Action, and Research) in Mumbai, cofounder and codirector of ING (Interdisciplinary Network on Globalization), and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has served as a consultant or advisor to a wide range of public and private organizations, including the Ford, Rockefeller, and MacArthur foundations; UNESCO; the World Bank; and the National Science Foundation.

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"Arjun Appadurai is already known as the author of striking new formulations which have greatly illuminated contemporary global developments, notably in Modernity at Large. In this new book, he tackles the most burning and perplexing problems of collective violence which beset us today. The book is alive with new and original ideas, essential food for thought not just for scholars, but for all concerned with these issues." Charles Taylor, author of Modern Social Imaginaries "In this book, Arjun Appadurai follows up Modernity at Large with a look into the seamy side of globalization. Analyzing the growing inequalities and endemic violence of the past decade, he still sees signs of hope in less noticed trends of 'globalization from below.' These are important new thoughts from an influential thinker of our times."--Partha Chatterjee, Director, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, and Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University, New York "This sorrowful, insightful book comes from a sobered visionary of cultural globalisation. Following his groundbreaking masterpiece Modernity at Large, in which he espied new cultural creativities generated by footloose media and mass migrations, Arjun Appadurai now poses the following paradox: why, at a time when cultural innovations proliferate, do outbreaks of ethnic slaughter demonstrate the continued resonance of state-sponsored nationalism?"--Red Pepper, Feb 2007

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