Cosmopolitanism and Cultural Domestication

Jeremy Prestholdt

in Domesticating the World

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780520254244
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941472 | DOI:
Cosmopolitanism and Cultural Domestication

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Modernity, as a mode of perception, was ideologically forged at a moment when the world was becoming deeply interconnected. Western analysts tended to harm the reputation of other modes of self-perception, material relation, and economic change by theorizing modernity as a temporal form dependent on exclusionary definitions of historical sequence and essential difference. In Zanzibar, people designed their city out of diverse transcontinental materials. This chapter focuses on the role of new consumer goods in the articulation of changing social relations and cosmopolitan visions from the 1840s to the apogee of Zanzibar's pre-colonial remaking in the 1880s.

Keywords: Zanzibar; consumer goods; social relation; cosmopolitan visions; transcontinental materials

Chapter.  10711 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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