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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References to this book Non-representational Theory: Dan rated it it was ok Jul 18, Very interesting and enlightening. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Instead, liberalism often goes toward a populist, primordialist route against immigrants and Others see Samuel Huntington.

When majorities within a nation are reminded of the slim margins which allow them to maintain their dominance they contribute to fantasies of national incompleteness, to rage, and ultimately to a desire to purify the land of the minority. A wonderfully straightforward book looking at YOU Derrida rooted in the actual, factual real world as opposed to the sterilized, idealized, generalized world of humans that most philosophers deal in.

Appadurai suggests that ethnocide is especially likely when a small ethnic minority is seen by a large majority as an obstacle to “a pure and untainted national ethnos. Especially those actively engaged with the public domain on and off campus. Jan 20, Justine rated it liked it Shelves: Minorities, by definition and some implication are a weak entity, the concept having developed out of census work.


Currently, he is working on representations of the native, wilderness, and empire in Alexis de Tocqueville and the captivity narrative of John Tanner. Fear of Small Numbers: Sign-in or register now to continue. Occasionally, Duke University Press controls the rights to maps or other drawings. Among his books are Cosmopolitanism: Permission to Photocopy coursepacks If you are requesting permission to photocopy material for classroom use, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center at copyright.

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What the bomb threatens, more precisely, is the majority’s self-perception of being “pure” and “uncontested,” a perception that they use to ground their right to national sovereignty. He has published about fascism, geography and cultural representation, Marshall McLuhan, violence in the media, and Cold War public intellectual sociologists. Thanks for appxdurai us about the problem. I numners give up: Minorities are being hated all across the world today.

Citizens and activists became greater players in the geopolitical chess-match.

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

Globalization is new in a number of ways, writes Appadurai. But in the end, the phenomena Appadurai tries to describe and capture –the geography of anger– remains indistinct. The Political Morality of Race.

Feb 07, Ernesto Priani saiso rated it liked it. Appadurai, furthermore, accepts the conclusion that anxiety, uncertainties, unsettled identities, focus our hatred towards minorities and underwrites the genocidal and ethic cleansing that we have witnessed since the post-Cold War world of the s. Account Options Sign in.

An in-depth analysis of the tension between minority and the majority in the mumbers of globalization, it’s impact on nation states with regards to its policies towards the minority. Appadurai provides some interesting insights into the modern concept nationhood, wherein the national character is defined around its majority.


My question, to put it more simply, is whether the majority’s perception of threat can ever be well-founded.

fo India, a country about which Appadurai knows a great deal, is the model he relies on for many of his generalizations. 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 appadurwi processes.

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The book also lacks detail in terms of explaining the economic side of globalization that plays a role in the kind of violence that the same phenomenon is able to carry out.

Global flows of mass-mediated images of self and other create sites for the expression of hybrid identities which unsettle large-scale national ones. Also, importantly, Appadurai foresees the eventual out-dated conclusion of nation-states already fast-approaching.

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.

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