My thanks to Achille Mbembe, Janet Roitman, Mara Thomas, and anonymous readers from Public Culture for comments on an earlier version of this article. TomaË Mastnak read and critiqued this z article at numerous stages. I am indebted to Essam Fawzi, with whom I conducted important parts of the ï¬eldwork I draw on here and discussed many of the ideas I develop in this paper. My thanks as well to the editors of Public Culture for their helpful suggestions and improvements. I wrote this article while resident at the Scientiï¬c Research Center, Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia. I am grateful to its director, Oto Luthar, for his support. I alone am responsible for any remaining errors in the text. 1. According to David Harvey, the term globalization took off in the 1970s thanks to an American Express advertising campaign. See Harvey, Spaces of Hope (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000), 13. 2. The debates about globalization are vast and well known. For the approach in anthropology that was long the most inï¬uential, see Arjun Appadurai, Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1996). A contrasting approach within anthropology was put
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Published: Oct 1, 2002
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