Paper $37.95 ISBN: 9780774817608 Published January 2011 For sale in USA only
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780774817592 Published April 2010 For sale in USA only

Cultural Autonomy

Frictions and Connections

Petra Rethmann,Imre Szeman,William D. Coleman,

Cultural Autonomy

Petra Rethmann,Imre Szeman,William D. Coleman,

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

344 pages
Paper $37.95 ISBN: 9780774817608 Published January 2011 For sale in USA only
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780774817592 Published April 2010 For sale in USA only
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.


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

For more information, or to order this book, please visit
Google preview here

Chicago Manual of Style

RSS Feed

RSS feed of the latest books from University of British Columbia Press. RSS Feed