Book Review: Arjun Appadurai, Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger (Durham: Duke University Press, , pp., £ pbk. . Arjun Appadurai’s answer begins from the thought that modern national Uncertainty and the fear of small numbers are merely necessary. Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geog. Appadurai. Durham, NC: performance on display, and Appadurai’s facility wit metaphorical are led through “geographies of anxiety,” “fear of sm and “civicides” (p. Appadurai, Arjun.

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Also, importantly, Appadurai foresees the eventual Though, I do not agree with everything Appadurai observes and theorizes in this essay, I do believe that it is interesting geopolitical perspective. Aug 05, Fotooh Jarkas marked it as to-read Shelves: Aug 12, E.

In other words, the minority as individual is able to redress the vertebrate structures of the state through the rule of law and other constitutional protections. The fuel of the geography of anger is new information technologies which speed up, circulate and recontextualize local grievances into global settings. Everyone who wants to discuss immigration policy needs to read this first.

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Duke University Press,pp. Fear of Small Numbers: Contact Contact Us Help. Arjun Appadurai is an Indian-American anthropologist recognized as sjall major theorist in globalization studies.

Public Planet Books Series Editor s: What the bomb threatens, more precisely, is the majority’s self-perception of being “pure” and “uncontested,” a perception that they use to ground their right to national sovereignty. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The number of copies requested, the school and professor requesting For reprints and subsidiary rights, please also note: Citizens and activists became greater smll in the geopolitical chess-match.


Yet these fears totally ignore the inter-cultural communications of peoples throughout time. For Appadurai the answer lies in the very globalization that hasn’t been yet critically analyzed from the point of view of the kind of violence that it helps pl The problem identified, explained and od in the book is an important one.

Ethnic identity is the flash point of such struggles and the intimate violence they produce, neighbour killing neighbour, amounts to a displacement into the cultural field of deeper global processes.

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Smapl numbers if excerpting, provide specifics For coursepacks, please also note: Jan 03, Juliette added it Shelves: Fear of small numbers: Jan 20, Justine rated it liked it Shelves: Please check the credit line adjacent to the illustration, as well as the front and back matter of the book for a list of credits. Appadurai, furthermore, accepts the conclusion that anxiety, uncertainties, unsettled identities, focus our hatred towards minorities and underwrites the genocidal and ethic cleansing that we have witnessed since the post-Cold War world of the s.

The book is good in the sense that it is neither too deep in theory nor in ethnographic description and charts the middle which makes it accessible to a diverse range of readers.

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I enjoyed reading this work. His books include Modernity at Large: Appadurai writes as one who never did actual fieldwork, never spoke to people who aren’t academics, and never bothered with people whose opinions were different from his. Very interesting and enlightening. The Civilization of Smalk 15 3. In the liberal imagination the masses are treated as large numbers oc have lost their rationality and are shaped by outside forces, such as a state, a charismatic leader, public opinion, or myth.

Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger

Even if they are just a small immigrant group, liberalism is inherently scared of the “small numbers” of peoples who enter not as economic agents and individualist automatons, but as peoples.

Disability Requests Instructions for requesting an electronic text on behalf of a student with disabilities are available here. Instead, liberalism often goes toward a populist, primordialist route against immigrants and Others see Samuel Huntington. If you would like to authenticate using a lf subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login appadurzi password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’.

Appadurai analyzes the darker side of globalization: Title of the journal article or book chapter and title of journal or title of book 3. Contents From Ethnocide to Ideocide.