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Cultural Mobility: A Manifesto [Hardcover]

Stephen Greenblatt , Ines Županov , Reinhard Meyer-Kalkus , Heike Paul , Pál Nyíri , Frederike Pannewick

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Dec 14 2009 0521863562 978-0521863568
Cultural Mobility, first published in 2009, is a blueprint and a model for understanding the patterns of meaning that human societies create. Drawn from a wide range of disciplines, the essays collected here under the distinguished editorial guidance of Stephen Greenblatt share the conviction that cultures, even traditional cultures, are rarely stable or fixed. Radical mobility is not a phenomenon of the twenty-first century alone, but is a key constituent element of human life in virtually all periods. Yet academic accounts of culture tend to operate on exactly the opposite assumption and to celebrate what they imagine to be rooted or whole or undamaged. To grasp the shaping power of colonization, exile, emigration, wandering, contamination, and unexpected, random events, along with the fierce compulsions of greed, longing, and restlessness, cultural analysis needs to operate with a new set of principles. An international group of authors spells out these principles and puts them into practice.

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Cultural Mobility, first published in 2009, offers a model for understanding the patterns of meaning that human societies create. It has emerged under the very distinguished editorial guidance of Stephen Greenblatt and represents a new way of thinking about culture and cultures with which scholars in many disciplines will need to engage.

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Stephen Greenblatt is Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. The author most recently of Will in the World (2004), Professor Greenblatt is one of the most distinguished and influential literary and cultural critics at work today, and a co-general editor of The Norton Anthology of English Literature.

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2.0 out of 5 stars The blender of culture does not always produce a smoothie. May 5 2014
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This book is lush with evidence for a phenomenon we have known since Homo sapiens migrated out of the Olduvai Gorge patch of the African continent about 200,000 years ago. Humans move. Everything moves, and affects everything else. Geological movements of the tectonic plates that relocated Gondwanaland and produced Pangaea and now our present arrangement of lands and seas, permitted movement of flora and fauna, and they're all still moving. This collection of essays, beautifully researched and eloquently written, makes the case, as only academics do, with singular focused examples of human cultures moving and cross-pollinating with local cultures to produce something more butterscotch than plain vanilla or chocolate. It's a bit self-indulgent as a book, I think, where each author takes to the podium to tell us about his and her particular experience of culture interface. Some cultures just don't get other cultures. Some do but don't like them. Some do. Huh!

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