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Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Cultural Autonomy

Frictions and Connections

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Cultural Autonomy

Frictions and Connections

Globalization has challenged concepts such as local culture and cultural autonomy. And the rampant commodification of cultural products has challenged the way we define culture itself. Have these developments transformed the relationship between culture and autonomy? Have traditional notions of cultural autonomy been recast? This book showcases the work of scholars who employ a broad definition of culture to trace how issues of cultural autonomy have played out in various arenas, including literary criticism, indigenous societies, the Slow Food movement, and skateboarding culture. Although they focus on the marginalized issue of autonomy, they reveal that globalization has both limited as well as created new forms of cultural autonomy.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments

1 Introduction: Cultural Autonomy, Politics, and Global Capitalism / William D. Coleman, Imre Szeman, and Petra Rethman
2 Our Ways of Knowing: Globalization – The End of Universalism? / Arif Dirlik
3 Bioeconomics, Culture, and Politics after Globalization / Eric Cazdyn
4 Globalization, Postmodernism, and (Autonomous) Criticism / Imre Szeman
5 The World, the Literary, and the Political / Peter Hitchcock
6 Global Public Intellectuals, Autonomy, and Culture: Reflections Inspired by the Death of Edward Said / Neil McLaughlin
7 The Politics of Indigenous Knowledge in Environmental Assessment: James Bay Crees and Hydroelectric Projects / Wren Nasr and Colin Scott
8 Global Humanitarianism and Racial Autonomy in Roméo Dallaire’s Shake Hands with the Devil / Heike Härting
9 Global Activism and the Visual Grammar of Nature / Petra Rethmann
10 Making Big Noise: The Northern Resonance of Zapatismo / Alex Khasnabish
11 Anti-Fascist Gluttons of the World Unite! The Cultural Politics of Slow Food / Susie O’Brien
12 Autonomy on the Market: China and India Change Tracks / Anna Greenspan
13 Dead-Stock Boards, Blown-Out Spots, and the Olympic Games: Global Twists and Local Turns in the Formation of China’s Skateboarding Community / Tim Sedo

Notes and Acknowledgments
Works Cited
Contributors
Index

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