Book Review: Arjun Appadurai, Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger (Durham: Duke University Press, , pp., £ pbk. . Arjun Appadurai’s answer begins from the thought that modern national Uncertainty and the fear of small numbers are merely necessary. Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geog. Appadurai. Durham, NC: performance on display, and Appadurai’s facility wit metaphorical are led through “geographies of anxiety,” “fear of sm and “civicides” (p. Appadurai, Arjun.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. River rated it really liked it Nov 22, Minorities, by definition and some implication are a weak entity, the concept having developed out of census work.

Especially those actively engaged with the public domain on and off campus. Dec 11, Mark Fitzpatrick rated it really liked it Shelves: Mar 14, Rob Van rated it it was amazing Shelves: The book is alive with new and original ideas, essential food for thought not just for scholars, but for all concerned with these issues. India, a country about which Appadurai knows a great deal, is the model he relies on for many of his generalizations.

Globalization is also a force without a face. An Essay on the Geography of Anger.

Zach Feag rated it it was amazing Apr 23, Description The period since has been marked by the global endorsement of open markets, the free flow of finance capital and liberal ideas of constitutional rule, and the active expansion of human rights.


As terrorism has become more prevalent, the world has fallen into a propensity to “hate from afar.

Follow us on Twitter. But in the end, the phenomena Appadurai tries to describe and capture –the geography of anger– remains indistinct.

Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger

Feb 07, Ashley rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nov 12, Ashley Stewart rated it really liked it. From Ethnocide to Ideocide 1 2. Your Friends Email Address: But because there are so many case studies, one finds a lack of theoretical discussion about issues like say terrorism which have a very specific set of contexts and issues. He brings to the complex, mobile, transnational phenomena of globalization some of the traditional concerns of the anthropologist: Although he is just one man, he is perceived as symbolic of an entire army who has been brainwashed by propaganda p.

This alone also makes the book worth reading for all scholars engaged with and less celebratory of issues such as globalization, migration and violence.

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Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger by Arjun Appadurai

Finance capital, especially speculative forms, is faster, more abstract, more invasive of national economies than before. Duke University Press,pp. Appadurai’s clear, stylish writing means that even lower division undergraduates should have little difficulty generating thoughtful theses from this rich text. Open Preview See a Problem? Social and cultural minorities, what we may call substantive minorities, are permanent minorities, minorities that have become social arnun not just procedural.


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Your volume title, publication date, publisher, print run, page count, rights sought. Among his books are Cosmopolitanism: Globalization and Violence 35 4.

Even its questionable assertions inspire reflection on important issues. It is a dense read, at times, but left plenty of inspiration and desire for reflection. Appadurai writes as one who never did actual fieldwork, never spoke to people who aren’t academics, and never bothered with people whose opinions were different from his. Help Center Find new research papers off Even if they are just a small immigrant group, liberalism is inherently scared of the “small numbers” of peoples who enter not as economic agents and fewr automatons, but as peoples.

May 13, Jose Ramon rated it liked it Shelves: Yet there is no clear analysis of specific national situations. A must read for college chaplains.