against animals, who are no longer kept in a field by barbed wire but in a box barely as large as their bodies: âHaving killed and tortured each other enough, the people of the center [thatâs us] now take a break as they concentrate on killing and torturing animals.â Netz writes with elegant simplicity. Most analyses of modernity are plugged with obscure words, long sentences. This book is plain, it is angry, it is very moving. â Ian Hacking doi 10.1215/0961754x-2006-036 Arjun Appadurai, Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2006), 176 pp. Why has the age of globalization also been an era of ethnocide? Arjun Appaduraiâs answer begins from the thought that modern national sovereignty always presupposes the idea of âsome sort of ethnic genius.â Globalization threatens this idea by blurring the lines between Us and Them, increasing uncertainty about the meaning of national belonging. Appadurai suggests that ethnocide is especially likely when a small ethnic minority is seen by a large majority as an obstacle to âa pure and untainted national ethnos.â If the minority were gone, the nation would be complete. Hence the âfear of small numbers.â Uncertainty and the fear of small numbers are merely necessary conditions, he argues, so in each particular case there has to be some further trigger for mass murder. Whatever you think of his general theory, Appaduraiâs book is full of powerful insights both about globalization and about modern communal violence, especially in South Asia. â Kwame Anthony Appiah doi 10.1215/0961754x-2006-037 Meera Nanda, Prophets Facing Backwards: Postmodern Critiques of Science and Hindu Nationalism in India (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2003), 288 pp. Meera Nanda, an Indian microbiologist now living in the United States, is extremely angry at a very great number of apparently quite different things: âHindu nationalism,â âVedic science,â âpostmodern critiques of science,â âecofeminism,â âagrarian populism,â âIndiaâs new social movements,â âthe Hindu Lit tle Rev iews
Common Knowledge – Duke University Press
Published: Jan 1, 2007
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