“Deterritorialization” is a hallmark of globalization and a key driver of cultural identities worldwide. As our earlier reading “The Changing Definition of African-American” demonstrates, deterritorialization affects those who stay at home just as much as it does those who immigrate.
After completing this assignment, students should be able to
- Explain the importance that Appadurai attributes to the fact that “people, machinery, money, images, and ideas now follow increasingly nonisomorphic paths…” (99).
- Define and offer a new example of “deterritorialization.”
- Summarize “the central paradox of ethnic politics in today’s world” (101-02).
- Define production fetishism and consumption fetishism
- Explain the concept of “agency” as it relates to the fetishisms
[This is discussed in the lecture slides.]
- Discuss automobile production and consumption as examples of these fetishisms
- Recognize new examples of both fetishisms and offer their own examples
- Explain the meaning of the claim that “States [i.e. governments] throughout the world are under siege…” (101)
- Summarize the role played by states in the “repatriation of difference” (103)
- “Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy” (L&B 100-03)
- Lecture Slides: Deterritorialization
- Sharifi, How Patriotic is Your Car? (rankingsandreviews.com)