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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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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. Without cookies your experience may apadurai be seamless. But because there are so many case studies, one finds a lack of theoretical discussion about issues like say terrorism which have a very specific set of contexts and issues.

It intensifies our anxieties about national identity, state power, ethnic purity, but unlike minorities in nation states terrorists cannot be number exorcised or eliminated. Terrorism opens us to the possibility that anyone may be part of a sleeper cell and the fear of this uncertainty not the fear of small numbers, but the fear of one, the suicide bomber produces its own intensive campaigns of group violence and its own incentives for cleansing the other. He brings to the complex, mobile, transnational phenomena of globalization some smwll the traditional concerns smaall the anthropologist: The well-respected academic has pointed us to a very interesting and important side of globalization that not pf of us are aware of.

They are rooted in classical liberal thought which is ill-equipped, argues Appadurai, to deal with the politics of majorities and minorities. But an easy read nonetheless. An in-depth analysis of the tension between minority and the majority in the era of globalization, it’s impact on nation states with regards to its policies towards the minority. Globalization is also a force without a face. 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.


The Political Morality of Race. Everyone who wants to discuss immigration policy needs to read this first. Powerful, provocative, and timely, Fear of Small Numbers is a thoughtful invitation to rethink what appadurrai is in an age of globalization.

A must read for college chaplains. In six short and clearly written chapters, Appadurai offers a compelling explanation about the sources of global unrest, terrorism, and ethnic strife. Follow us on Twitter. Mar 14, Rob Van rated it it was amazing Shelves: The period since has been marked by the global endorsement of open markets, the free flow of finance capital and liberal ideas of constitutional rule, and the active expansion of human rights.

Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger by Arjun Appadurai

Not overburdened with jargon or scholarly references, the book is accessible to readers both within and outside of academia and to an undergraduate audience. Mark Habeeb rated it liked it Dec 21, Finance capital, especially speculative forms, is faster, more abstract, more invasive of national economies than before.

Contents From Ethnocide to Ideocide. Permission to Photocopy coursepacks If fer are requesting permission to photocopy material for classroom use, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center at copyright.

India, a country about which Appadurai knows a great deal, is the model he relies on for many of his generalizations. Arjun Appadurai is an Indian-American anthropologist smal as a major theorist in globalization studies.

Space, Politics, Affect N. Books by Arjun Appadurai. This book reads like a man shouting into an empty hall — his echo pleases him.

The Civilization of Clashes. Your volume title, publication date, publisher, print run, apoadurai count, rights sought. When majorities within a nation are reminded of the slim margins which allow them to maintain their dominance they contribute to fantasies of national incompleteness, to rage, and ultimately to a desire to purify the land of the minority.


Global migration within national boundaries has loosened the glue that attaches individuals to national ideology. They have much to do with dissent, rational debate, and the rights to free speech and to question majoritarian religious opinion, and very little to do with difference and belonging.

Numners 31, Emily Ever rated it it was amazing Shelves: Really challenging just because of the difficult language, but worth a shot. Page numbers if excerpting, provide specifics For apoadurai, please also note: Also, importantly, Appadurai foresees the eventual out-dated conclusion of nation-states already fast-approaching.

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

May 17, Ico Maly rated it it was amazing. Other editions – View all Fear of Small Numbers: Meanwhile the modern state encourages counting, classifying, and surveying populations and these msall procedures underline who gets classified as a national minority or majority.

All modern nations, Appadurai says, attribute their sovereignty at least in part to “some sort of ethnic genius”–that is, a national identity or spirit–a belief that can all too easily lead to a simplified worldview and then to genocide. If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’.

By exacerbating the inequalities produced by globalization, the volatile, slippery relationship between majorities and minorities foments the desire to eradicate cultural difference. Smapl has the age of globalization also been an era of ethnocide?