From Roots to Routes: Tropes for trippers

Jonathan Friedman

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Abstract

This article suggests that the current discourses of globalization in anthropology,
cultural studies and post-colonial studies are expressions and elaborations on a specific
socially positioned perspective that has become a contender for a new ideological
representation of the world. It is important to recognize that this representation is not
so much the result of research but an immediate expression of a particular experience,
one that began, in fact, outside of academia. This discourse, which is strongly
evolutionist, is contrasted to a global systemic perspective in which globalization is a
specific historical phase of such systems, a phenomenon that has occurred previously,
most recently at the end of the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century
when it produced analogous discourses on the global.This article suggests that the current discourses of globalization in anthropology,
cultural studies and post-colonial studies are expressions and elaborations on a specific
socially positioned perspective that has become a contender for a new ideological
representation of the world. It is important to recognize that this representation is not
so much the result of research but an immediate expression of a particular experience,
one that began, in fact, outside of academia. This discourse, which is strongly
evolutionist, is contrasted to a global systemic perspective in which globalization is a
specific historical phase of such systems, a phenomenon that has occurred previously,
most recently at the end of the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century
when it produced analogous discourses on the global.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-36
JournalAnthropological Theory
Volume2
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Social Anthropology

Keywords

  • cosmopolitan • culture • essentialism • hybrid • indigenous • roots • routes • transnational

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