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Globalizing Cultural Studies

Ethnographic Interventions in Theory, Method, and Policy

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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.

«‘Globalizing Cultural Studies’ is a book for our time. Between Norman Denzin’s inspiring introduction and an astute and insight-laden afterword, twenty-five original and generative chapters speak to the suffering, struggles, and triumphs of vulnerable and politically minoritized populations all around the globe. Speaking from a dazzling range of spatial and social locations, the authors of this volume demonstrate the importance of diverse, plural, and self-reflexive perspectives about the world that is emerging all around us, a world whose people are paradoxically both closer together and farther apart than ever before.» (George Lipsitz, Professor of Black Studies and Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara; Author of ‘Footsteps in the Dark’)

«‘Globalizing Cultural Studies’ is a book for our time. Between Norman Denzin’s inspiring introduction and an astute and insight-laden afterword, twenty-five original and generative chapters speak to the suffering, struggles, and triumphs of vulnerable and politically minoritized populations all around the globe. Speaking from a dazzling range of spatial and social locations, the authors of this volume demonstrate the importance of diverse, plural, and self-reflexive perspectives about the world that is emerging all around us, a world whose people are paradoxically both closer together and farther apart than ever before.» (George Lipsitz, Professor of Black Studies and Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara; Author of ‘Footsteps in the Dark’)