Book Reviews THE POLITICS OF CULTURAL PRACTICE: THINKING THROUGH THE A TRE IN AN AGE OF GL OBA LIZ ATION by Rustom Bharucha. Hanover: Wesleyan University Press, 2000. Hardcover $50 Rustom Bharucha in The Politics of Cultural Practice uses the metaphor of theatre as the "laboratory of the world" to consider the emergent issues of globalization, communalism, and culturalism through the paradigms of interculturalism, intraculturalism, multiculturalism, and secularism. Continuing the activist stance of his previous books, Theatre and the World (1990) and The Name of the Secular (1998), he addresses these issues with a series of questions (p. 2): "What are the ethics of representation in the theatre? What are the alternative modalities of representing the other with responsibility and engagement? How does one begin to respect--and not just tolerate-- cultural differences? Can economic inequalities be included in one's respect for cultural difference?" He engages these questions by combining personal anecdote with the theoretical perspectives of Homi Bhabha, Arjun Appadurai, and others to reveal "how meanings mutate and metabolize in the course of their transportation, translation, and specific uses in other cultures" (p. 1). Bharucha's initial chapter, "Interculturalism and Its Discriminations: Shifting the Agendas of the National, the
Asian Theatre Journal – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Sep 1, 2001
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