By Ronald Niezen
A international past Difference unpacks the globalization literature and gives a priceless critique: person who is forthright, but balanced, and attracts at the neighborhood paintings of ethnographers to counter relativist and globalist discourses.
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Additional info for A World Beyond Difference: Cultural Identity in the Age of Globalization
A particularly insidious way that people are shaped by distant social forces is through the ideas and strategies they resort to in efforts to protect themselves from external, alien social forces. The ever-closer proximity of peoples and cultures can also be found in strategies of community re-localization that draw upon global institutions and universal ideas of liberation. The surest way to encourage renewed identity attachments is to disparage or try to suppress them; yet there is no indication that misguided philanthropy, directed toward the ﬂawed cultural attachments of others, has entirely fallen from fashion.
Is not interest, poorly understood, the most frequent cause of actions contrary to the general good? 14 From here, all other beneﬁts of science follow. In time to come humanity will transcend the limitations of ignorance, superstition, and blind religious faith, and will be set free from the arbitrary rule of tyrants. The powers that will lead to this many-sided victory are the rights of man and the unfettered pursuit of knowledge. The principles of equality – equality of wealth, control over means of subsistence, and education – are already reaching the far corners of Europe.
He was greatly inspired by Enlightenment conceptions of unilinear history (including Spencer’s evolutionism), the patterns of which he felt could be revealed by rational method, but he situated the conditions for human emancipation in history itself rather than in a clearly imagined ideal society. It is principally to Marx that we owe the popularization of the idea that history can be understood as a world-historical process leading to human liberation. The perfect society does not need to be described because it is both unknowable and inevitable; its emergence is built into the misery and contradictions of capitalism.
A World Beyond Difference: Cultural Identity in the Age of Globalization by Ronald Niezen