This course looks at cultural dimensions of the processes of globalisation, deterritorialisation and detraditionalisation characteristic of all parts of the contemporoary world. These involve, in particular, a move away from national identities towards global and/or local sources of identity. Other key issues include the vastly increased mobility of contemporary populations within and between states, raising issues of deterritorialisation and "hybridity"), and the apparent increase in racism, right-wing political movements and of state and anti-state violence. We will explore this situation through a series of case-studies drawn from Western and non-Western societies. Particular attention will be paid to the work of the sociologists Manuel Castells and Zygmunt Bauman, and the anthropologist Arjun Appadurai. Students are encouraged to apply the material to their individual research interests.
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GBS updated 05/03/2002