Chapter

Introduction

in The Perils of Belonging

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780226289649
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226289663 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226289663.003.0001
Introduction

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This book considers the “return of the local” in a world that believes it is globalizing. The claim to be autochthonous is certainly not the only kind of belonging that people tend to stress in the present-day context of globalization. Examples that show the vigor and the complexities of autochthony in Athenian thinking are presented. A major challenge for this book is how to relate shrewd political manipulation and deep emotional involvement, since the combination of both seems to be at the heart of the autochthony conundrum. It then addresses the upsurge of autochthony and belonging in Africa and Europe—and its varying articulations with the nation-state—in a global perspective. The focus is on the question of how similar languages of autochthony can obtain great persuasive self-evidence and hence great mobilizing force in widely different circumstances. An overview of the chapters included in this book is finally given.

Keywords: globalization; autochthonous; belonging; autochthony; Africa; Europe

Chapter.  15710 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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