Encountering Difference by Robin Cohen,Olivia Sheringham

By Robin Cohen,Olivia Sheringham

within the face of the harmful probabilities of resurgent nationalisms, unyielding ethnicities and fundamentalist spiritual affinities, there's not often a extra pressing activity than figuring out how people can discover ways to reside along each other. This interesting booklet indicates how humans from a variety of societies learn how to dwell with social variety and cultural distinction, and considers how the suggestions of identification formation, diaspora and creolization make clear the procedures and geographies of encounter.

Robin Cohen and Olivia Sheringham display how early ancient encounters created colonial hierarchies, but additionally how clash has been creatively resisted via shared social practices specifically touch zones together with islands, port towns and the ‘super-diverse’ towns shaped by way of better foreign migration and globalization. Drawing on learn adventure from internationally, together with new fieldwork in Louisiana, Martinique, Mauritius and Cape Verde, their account offers a stability among wealthy description and insightful research displaying, specifically, how identities emerge and merge ‘from below’.

Moving seamlessly among social and political idea, heritage, cultural anthropology, sociology and human geography, the authors aspect to big new methods of realizing and residing with distinction, absolutely one of many key demanding situations of the twenty-first century.

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