ANTB20H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Khalistan Movement, Deterritorialization, Stereotype

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Published on 5 Jan 2015
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UTSC
Department
Anthropology
Course
ANTB20H3
ANTB20 - Week 2 Conceptualizing the “Global”1
*Ferguson is required; Graeber is recommended (Week 2)
*Themes: cult. stereotypes, how to think about power/politics, orientalism*film review
Africa Middle East
-Rich in
Resources
-Tribes
-Exploited
-Violence
-Stereotyping
-Essentialized
*Diversity left out
-War
-
Development
-Destruction
-Patriarchy
-Religious
*Stereotypes fed through media (books, films, music), passed on through family,
The Debate around “Glob.”
-The “great glob debate’ is between tthose wo are skept about the process (“the skeptics”)
and those who accept it as reality (the “flobalists”)
Glob is Ideological: not everyone agrees what it is
-IMF/World Banks: it is good
-nation states have less influence over how you run your bank;
*structural adjustment programs: disable the country (more people depend on cheap foreign
goods that destroy jobs etc)
-Fredrick Cooper writes about three styles of talking about glob 1)Banker’s boast; 2)soc
democrat lament; 3)dance of the flows and fragments
-“The downsizing of governments and loosening of investment and trade reg’s are imp.
trends, but they reflect the force of pro-glob arguments within instit’s like the IMF more than an
ongoing process”
Deterritorialization
-people, money, images, ideas flow along diff paths, more than before
-not “found” in one place or territory
-these diff’s and the diverse spread of people/images/finance are more intense because of
globalization
*no easy link b/w center and periphery
*migrant groups, refugees etc: people who imagine a state e.g. Khalistan: diaspora of Sikhs
want to return to the area they believe is their home
Prod. fetishism
-is about the hidden aspects of glob
-illusion created by the transnat. prod loci, that masks transnat. capital, transnat. earning
flows, glob. manag., faraway workers, worker control, etc
-obscure the relations of prod.
Fet. of the Consumer
-the consum. has been transformed through commodity flows
-images are increase distorts of a world of advertis. and merchand.
-comsum. is constantly helped to achieve to believe that she is an actor when in fact she is
at best a chooser
Unevenness of Power
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*ferguson is required; graeber is recommended (week 2) *themes: cult. stereotypes, how to think about power/politics, orientalism* film review. *stereotypes fed through media (books, films, music), passed on through family, The great glob debate" is between tthose wo are skept about the process ( the skeptics ) and those who accept it as reality (the flobalists ) Glob is ideological: not everyone agrees what it is. Nation states have less influence over how you run your bank; *structural adjustment programs: disable the country (more people depend on cheap foreign goods that destroy jobs etc) Fredrick cooper writes about three styles of talking about glob 1)banker"s boast; 2)soc democrat lament; 3)dance of the flows and fragments. The downsizing of governments and loosening of investment and trade reg"s are imp. trends, but they reflect the force of pro-glob arguments within instit"s like the imf more than an ongoing process . People, money, images, ideas flow along diff paths, more than before.

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