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Globalizing Cultural Studies

Ethnographic Interventions in Theory, Method, and Policy


Cameron McCarthy, Aisha S. Durham, Laura C. Engel and Alice A. Filmer

The contributors to Globalizing Cultural Studies: Ethnographic Interventions in Theory, Method, and Policy take as their central topic the problematic status of «the global» within cultural studies in the areas of theory, method, and policy, and particularly in relation to the intersections of language, power, and identity in twenty-first century, post-9/11 culture(s). Writing against the Anglo-centric ethnographic gaze that has saturated various cultural studies projects to date, contributors offer new interdisciplinary, autobiographical, ethnographic, textual, postcolonial, poststructural, and political economic approaches to the practice of cultural studies. This edited volume foregrounds twenty-five groundbreaking essays (plus a provocative foreword and an insightful afterword) in which the authors show how globalization is articulated in the micro and macro dimensions of contemporary life, pointing to the need for cultural studies to be more systematically engaged with the multiplicity and difference that globalization has proffered.
Contents: Norman K. Denzin: Foreword – Cameron McCarthy/Aisha S. Durham/Laura C. Engel/Alice A. Filmer/Michael D. Giardina/Miguel A. Malagreca: Introduction: Confronting Cultural Studies in Globalizing Times – Jennifer Logue/Cameron McCarthy: Shooting the Elephant: Antagonistic Identities, Neo-Marxist Nostalgia, and the Remorselessly Vanishing Pasts – Michael D. Giardina: Consuming Difference/Performing Hybridity – Charles Michael Elavsky: Moving Beyond the Wall(s): Theorizing Corporate Identity for Global Cultural Studies – Susan J. Harewood: Masquerade as Methodology…or, Why Cultural Studies Should Return to the Caribbean – Miguel A. Malagreca: Writing Queer across the Borders of Geography and Desire – Alejandro Lugo: Theorizing Border Inspections: Inspecting the Working-Class Life of Maquiladora Workers at the U.S.-Mexico Borders – Cameron McCarthy: Representing the Third World Intellectual: C. L. R. James and the Contradictory Meanings of Radical Activism – Aisha S. Durham: Recalling, Re-membering, and (Re)Visiting Hip-Hop/Home/Bodies – Alice A. Filmer: The Acoustics of Identity: Bilingual Belonging and Discourses of Trespassing – Jillian M. Báez: (Re)membering the Latina Body: A Discourse Ethnography of Gender, Latinidad, and Consumer Culture – Celiany Rivera-Velázquez: The Importance of Being Rita Indiana-Hernández: Women-Centered Video, Sound, and Performance Interventions within Spanish Caribbean Culture Studies – Christine Buzinde: Representational Politics of Plantation Heritage Tourism: The Contemporary Plantation as a Social Imaginary – Rasul Mowatt: The King of the Damned: Reading Lynching as Leisure – Sungkyung Lee: Re-Visioning Place in Contemporary Urban Landscape – Diem-My T. Bui: Aesthetic Strategies: Vietnamese American Interventions in Cultural Production – Carmen Ocón: Tumbleweeds: Transacting the Contradictions of Experience, Identity, and Nation in the Places We Call «Home» – Greg Dimitriadis/Lois Weis: Globalization and Multisited Ethnographic Approaches – Soochul Kim: Space, Culture, and Identity in a Globalizing City – Cathryn Teasley: Cyberculture and (Trans)National Romani Identity: Implications for a Truly Public Education – Laura C. Engel: Policy as Journey: Tracing the Steps of a Reinvented Spanish State – Rebecca Plummer Rohloff: Creative Interventions: Aesthetic Self-Inquiry and Representing Others – Maria Lovett: Creative Interventions: Representing Others through Video Action Research – Desiree Yomtoob: Resistant Presences: Configuring Intervention in Auto-Ethnographic Movement Performance Art – Nadine Dolby: The New Global Citizens: Public Life and Popular Culture in Africa – Cameron McCarthy: Writing Race into the Twenty-First Century: An Autobiographical Perspective on Hybridity, Difference, and the Postcolonial Experience – Michelle Fine/Eve Tuck/Sarah Zeller-Berkman: Afterword: Do You Believe in Geneva? Methods and Ethics at the Global/Local Nexus.