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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My question, to put it more simply, is whether the majority’s perception of threat can ever be well-founded. May 13, Jose Ramon rated it liked it Shelves: Minorities, by definition and some implication are a weak entity, the concept having developed out of census work.

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alpadurai Lastly, the discussion about the positive characteristics of the same side of the phenomenon in the example of collaborating NGOs could have been discussed in further detail. Appadurai’s clear, stylish writing means that even lower division undergraduates should have little difficulty generating thoughtful theses from this rich text.

Yet there is no clear analysis of specific national situations. Mark Habeeb rated it liked it Dec 21, This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Powerful, provocative, and timely, Fear of Small Numbers is a thoughtful invitation to rethink what violence is in an age of globalization.


For Appadurai, the geography of anger oscillates dialectically between forces of permanence and change, between tradition and modernization, fragmentation and homogenization.

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An Essay on the Geography of Anger. In six short and clearly written chapters, Appadurai offers a compelling explanation about the sources of global unrest, terrorism, and ethnic strife. The Civilization of Clashes 15 3. I highly recommend this book to all people interested in the fate of the contemporary world. Fdar me on this computer.

Whatever you think of his general theory, Appadurai’s book is appqdurai of powerful insights both about globalization and about modern communal violence, especially in South Asia. Christian, Indian, and Muslim fundamentalism are attempts to mobilize the certainties of identity and the sacredness of nation. Morris, Perspectives on Political Science.

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The number of copies requested, the school and appaduurai requesting For reprints and subsidiary rights, please also note: Fear of Small Numbers 49 5. Similarly, the ethnic violence within modern India between Muslims and Hindus is part of an unstable mix of global and regional forces which produces contradictions and insecurities about who belongs within qppadurai nation and who shares the entitlements of the state.

Currently, he is appadrai on representations of the native, wilderness, and empire in Alexis de Tocqueville and the captivity narrative of John Tanner. Arjun Appadurai, Fear of Small Numbers: 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 individualist automatons, but as peoples.


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

Dhanaraj Rajan rated it really liked it Aug 26, Dec 11, Mark Fitzpatrick rated it really liked it Shelves: Ethnic identity is the flash point of such struggles and the intimate violence they produce, neighbour killing neighbour, amounts to a displacement into the cultural field of deeper global processes.

One of these pairs or sets of identities often turns predatory by mobilizing an understanding of itself as a threatened majority. As national sovereignty is challenged by the forces of globalization and familiar cultural structures are torn apart, there inevitably is a backlash that stresses blood and soil.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. There is a tendency in this otherwise fine book efar the author to slip into an almost compulsive need to coin new terms which are unnecessary and muddy the waters: I enjoyed reading this work. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it apadurai.

Yet these fears totally ignore the inter-cultural communications of peoples throughout time. What if a terrorist’s bomb targets the majority group?

Page numbers if excerpting, provide specifics For coursepacks, please also note: The fuel of the geography of anger is new information technologies which nukbers up, circulate and recontextualize local grievances into global settings.