Going Slow

Franco Cassano

in Southern Thought and Other Essays on the Mediterranean

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780823233649
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823241750 | DOI:
Going Slow

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Like Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America, the Mediterranean is also a resource, a subaltern archive of values and traditions that this chapter locates in a number of unsuspected sites. The chapter examines these values, which range from slowness, contemplation, and conviviality to reflections on the Mediterranean reality of exchange, hybridization, and plurality. It argues that values of slowness, contemplation, and conviviality have kept the South from reaching the conquests of North Atlantic modernity, but have also screened it from its pathologies. These values should not be dismissed as impediments to development and progress but ought to be conceptualized as examples of resistance to the excesses of capitalist and especially post-Fordist modernization. Next to the recovery of values such as slowness, contemplation, and conviviality, the chapter evokes another dimension of the Mediterranean heritage: Its history of networks and connections between cultures, societies, and ethnicities, stretching from Western Europe and the Sub-Sahara to the Middle East, all the way to the Indian Ocean and the Asian steppes.

Keywords: Mediterranean; South; slowness; contemplation; conviviality; exchange; hybridization; plurality; Franco Cassano; ethnicities

Chapter.  3110 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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