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Dwelling in American

Dissent, Empire, and Globalization

Globalization is not the Americanization of the world, argues John Muthyala. Rather, it is an uneven social, cultural, economic, and political process in which the policies and aspirations of powerful nation-states are entangled with the interests of other empires, nation-states, and communities. Dwelling in American: Dissent, Empire, and Globalization takes up a bold challenge, critiquing scholarship on American empire that views the United States as either an exceptional threat to the world or the only hope for the future. It does so in order to provincialize America, to understand it from outside the borders of nation and location, and from inside the global networks of trade, power, and culture. Using comparative frames of reference, the book makes its arguments by examining the work of a diverse range of writers including Arundhati Roy (War Talk, Power Politics), Azar Nafisi (Reading Lolita in Tehran), and Thomas Friedman (The World Is Flat). This is an original, complex, and often bracingly counterintuitive critique of the idea of American empire that will appeal to anyone interested in understanding the complexities of globalization.

260 pages | 6 x 9

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments • Introduction • Empire and Dissent • Dwelling in American: Empire in Global Contexts • Dissent on the Border: Arundhati Roy • Culture, Empire, and Representation: Reading Lolita in Tehran • Empire and the New World Mythology of Information Technology Globalization: The World Is Flat • The Transnationalization of Affective Labor: Call Center Cultures • Notes • Bibliography • Index

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