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Borderlands towards an anthropology of the cosmopolitan condition

Author: Michel Agier
Publisher: Cambridge Polity 2017
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ISBN: 9780745696799 0745696791 9780745696805 0745696805 9780745696829 0745696821 9780745696836 074569683X
OCLC Number: 1050028276
Description: 186 p.
Contents: ContentsIntroduction: The Migrant, the Border and the WorldBlocked at the borderIndifference and solidaritiesBorders and wallsBorderlands and their inhabitants: a banal cosmopolitismPart I: Decentring the WorldChapter 1. The Elementary Forms of the BorderThe border as centre of reflectionTemporal, social and spatial dimensions of the border ritualCommunity and locality: the border as social factThe sacred space in Salvador de BahiaThe symbolic construction of the borderAn anthropology of/in the borderFounding, naming, limitingBorderlands as uncertain places: Tocqueville at SaginawInterval time: carnivals and decelerationEverything that the border is the place ofBorders and identityBorder situations and liminalityChapter 2. The World as `Problem'War at the bordersIs the world a problem? Cosmopolitical reality and realpolitikEconomic globalization and the weakening of nation-statesLandscapes, routes and networks: the shape of the worldViolence at the border: the outside of the nationThe `border police', or what remains of nation-statesThe fiction of `national indigeneity' and its naturalizationExpulsions trace the boundary of national identityHumanitarian spaces as partial delocalization of sovereigntyWalls of warColonial war, war on migrantsQuestions about the `desire for walls'Chapter 3. Border Dwellers and Borderlands: Studies of banal cosmopolitismThe border dwellers: figures and places of relative foreignnessWandering as adventure and the border encampmentBecoming a pariah and living in a campFour `meteques', and the squat as borderThe foreigner in his labyrinth, or the tiers-instruitBeing-in-the-world on the border: a new cosmopolitan conditionAn ordinary cosmopolitismPart Two: The Decentred SubjectChapter 4. Questions of Method: Decentring Reconsidered TodayA critical moment: the contemporary turn in anthropologyThe end of the `Great Divide'From ethnic group to ethnic identitiesIdentity-based essentialisms and ontologiesDecentring reconceivedBeyond cultural decentringThe construction of epistemological decentringPolitical decentring. The question of the other-as-subjectA contemporary and situational anthropologyWYSIWYG: what you see is what there isThe contribution of situational anthropologyChapter 5. Civilization, Culture, Race: Three Explorations in IdentityCivilization as hyper-border: mirrors of AfricaThe 1950s: `One civilization accused by another!'1980s and 1990s: deconstructions, reinventionsA global and diffuse African presenceThe migration of spirits: mobilities and identity-based culturesThe devil, the priest and black culture (Colombian Pacific)The Tunda as urban monster (Charco Azul, Cali)Borders and temporalities of identity-based culturesRace and racism: how can one be black?Republic and racial thought in FranceBrazil: from `racial democracy' to `multicultural nation'Citizenship without identityEscaping the identity trapChapter 6. Logics and Politics of the SubjectAn anthropology of the subjectFrom person to individual: ethnology and sociologyFrom subjectification to subjects: anthropology and philosophyThe subject in situation: an ethnographic proposalThe decentred subject: three situational analysesThe ritual subject, or the subject as duplication of self and worldThe aesthetic subject, or the care of self and the subject as authorThe political subject, or the subject as a demand for citizenshipMoments and politics of the other-subjectConclusion: Towards an Anthropology of the Cosmopolitan ConditionNotesIndex
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