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By Ronald Niezen

A international past Difference unpacks the globalization literature and gives a priceless critique: person who is forthright, but balanced, and attracts at the neighborhood paintings of ethnographers to counter relativist and globalist discourses.

  • Presents a full of life conceptual and historic map of ways we expect concerning the rising socio-political international, and chiefly how we predict politically approximately human cultural differences
  • Interprets, criticizes, and frames responses to global culture
  • Draws from the paintings of modern significant social theorists, evaluating them to classical social theorists in an instructive manner
  • Grounds critique of conception in years of ethnographic research

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This serves to justify attempts by states to assimilate or expulse, by force if necessary, those who are distinct and excluded, above all to erase all constitutional exceptions, all special rights protections, all treaties between states and parties within the state, all differences enshrined by law. If the goal of rights is to make all citizens equal, distinct rights are anathema. Troublesome identity attachments must be gotten rid of. ” There is often a constitutional, not just philanthropic or spiritual, conviction behind the efforts by states and private missionary organizations to “educate,” “uplift,” or “develop” those seen to be floundering in darkness.

Those who are oppressed for their failure to integrate feel their distinctiveness all the more sharply; they lobby for recognition; they assert their rights to selfdetermination and other collective rights equal to or against those of states. And when this leads them nowhere, when their claims are consistently denied, they in turn can become filled with hate and driven further toward an all-consuming collective will. The liberal emphases on individualism and equality ironically reinforce the urge of nation-states toward cultural and constitutional homogeneity.

A corollary of de-localization, therefore, is reaction against it, manifested in efforts to rediscover and reestablish lost cultures, to “relocalize” identities in a supposedly original, pure form. Globalization entails not only diasporas and combinations, but an opposite tendency toward the erection of cultural boundaries, to the reclamation and protection of distinct territories and ways of life, sometimes underpinned by distinct rights. A particularly insidious way that people are shaped by distant social forces is through the ideas and strategies they resort to in efforts to protect themselves from external, alien social forces.

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