Towards an Anthropology of Globalization
Edited by Subhabrata Bobby Banerjee, Vanessa C.M. Chio and Raza Mir
Chapter 10: Towards an Anthropology of Globalization
10. Towards an anthropology of globalization Vanessa C.M. Chio and Subhabrata Bobby Banerjee We started this book with Paul Rabinow’s (1986) call to anthropologize the West. In this conclusion we return to his call, and locate the contributions and theoretical framing of the book in terms of the insights oﬀered by such endeavors in relation to globalization. By attending to the ‘domains of truth and economy’ that make globalization real, the intent is to show its historicized character and socially constructed nature. At the center of this anthropology is a bid to simultaneously problematize and resituate what globalization is by focusing attention on what it is constituted by and constitutive of. Following on from insights oﬀered by Dorothy Smith (1987) about the ‘problematic of the everyday’, the entry point for this possibility is the active recasting of globalization into an object and subject for investigation. Rather than accepting prima facie the ‘fact’ of globalization as an economic and social form of organization (e.g. trade, outsourcing, economic growth, FDI), the intent is to defamiliarize what has become taken for granted. To enable such defamiliarization we need to pose some questions: What makes globalization possible? What sustains it and what does it sustain? Who are the actors and players involved? How does it organize and transform social reality and the actions and intentions of those organized by it? What are the social, political, economic and academic or organizational factors organizing these actors’ engagement with the phenomenon? The contributions in this...
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