Palgrave Studies in Literary Anthropology

Writing Future Worlds

An Anthropologist Explores Global Scenarios

Authors: Hannerz, Ulf

  • A pioneering approach to an “Anthropology of the Big Picture”
  • Appeals to readers in many disciplines including international relations, anthropology, sociology, history, and media studies
  • Written by a senior, internationally prominent scholar – his Exploring the City, Transnational Connections and other books have been translated into several languages
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About this book

This volume presents a comprehensive analysis of global future scenarios and their impact on a growing, shared culture. Ever since the end of the Cold War, a diverse range of future concepts has emerged in various areas of academia—and even in popular journalism. A number of these key concepts—‘the end of history,’ ‘the clash of civilizations,’ ‘the coming anarchy,’ ‘the world is flat,’ ‘soft power,’ ‘the post-American century’—suggest what could become characteristic of this new, interconnected world. Ulf Hannerz scrutinizes these ideas, considers their legacy, and suggests further dialogue between authors of the ‘American scenario’ and commentators elsewhere.  

About the authors

Ulf Hannerz is Professor Emeritus of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University, Sweden, and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. A former Chair of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, he has taught at American, European, Asian, and Australian universities, and has carried out field studies in West Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States, as well as a multi-site study of the work of news media foreign correspondents. 

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“From the ‘end of history’ to the ‘clash of civilizations’, popular scenarios conceived by scholars and journalists have in the past decades stimulated the imagination of contemporary societies as much as they have revealed their anxieties. With his uniquely elegant style and subtle irony, Ulf Hannerz offers a penetrating anthropological reflection on this singular anticipatory genre that simplifies and dramatizes the representation of global tensions. Multiplying examples and crossing perspectives, he proposes an indispensable critical analysis of the way in which our worldviews are shaped.” (Didier Fassin, Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA)

“With characteristically laconic but amiable barbs, Ulf Hannerz probes and dissects the generalizations about culture emanating from the ‘pundits’ – those self-appointed, often academically respectable experts on the cultural and political future of the globe, many of them American or focused on America’s role, who variously pontificate about the imminent dissolution of the-world-as-we-know-it.  Hannerz, a seasoned ethnographer with a pragmatic global vision grounded in the direct experience that many of the pundits lack, both recognizes their skill at dominating public debate and provides an effective antidote to the dangerous moral and cultural panic that their anthropologically naïve thinking represents (and often triggers).  This book deserves greater and longer-lasting prominence than those with which it engages.” (Michael Herzfeld, Ernest E. Monrad Professor of the Social Sciences, Harvard University, USA)

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eBook $89.00
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  • Due: December 10, 2017
  • ISBN 978-3-319-70627-6
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Writing Future Worlds
Book Subtitle
An Anthropologist Explores Global Scenarios
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Literary Anthropology
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-31262-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-31262-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-31261-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-70627-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 295
Number of Illustrations and Tables
10 b/w illustrations
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