Fear Of Small Numbers An Essay On The Geography Of Anger By Appadurai Arjun

Fear of Small Numbers is an important and useful book. In six short and clearly written chapters, Appadurai offers a compelling explanation about the sources of global unrest, terrorism, and ethnic strife.” — Joe Galbo, Canadian Journal of Sociology Online

Fear of Small Numbers is an interesting yet challenging book to read. It offers a refreshingly complex interpretation of pressing current events.” — Kamal Solhaimi Fadzil, The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology

Fear of Small Numbers makes engaging reading. . . . The book provides a fine introduction to the conjunction of globalization, violence, and identity politics. Not overburdened with jargon or scholarly references, the book is accessible to readers both within and outside of academia and to an undergraduate audience. It will interest anthropologists, political scientists, policymakers, and students of conflict resolution and globalization.” — Michelle Ruth Gamburd, American Anthropologist

Fear of Small Numbers will appeal to a sophisticated audience of professionals and college students, and the essay format makes it accessible to a general adult reading audience. . . . [T]his book does stand out in the literature on globalization in developing and applying explanations for the behavior of key actors.” — Michael A. Morris, Perspectives on Political Science

“[P]owerful, well written and timely. Appadurai gives insights to the roots of globalization, a post 9/11 analysis of our global world and challenges a sleeping society to wake up in middle of a storm.” — Mona Lisa Safai, Altar Magazine

“[T]he book does provide a plethora of ideas and considerable food for thought on the ‘un-rosy’ aspects of globalization. Further, as a first tentative exploration of such issues, the book may be interpreted as a novel direction in the important scholarship of Appadurai where he is more critically concerned with globalization. This alone also makes the book worth reading for all scholars engaged with (and less celebratory of) issues such as globalization, migration and violence.” — Bjørn Enge Bertelsen, Political and Legal Anthropological Review

“[T]he shades of nuanced analysis, in the midst of grand visionary pronouncements, would be appealing to scholars concerned with the micro-politics of violence and conflict. Appadurai’s style of writing is prophetic yet persuasive, and his arguments come together to form an effective book that is substantially animated in its contents.” — Atreyee Sen, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

“[T]his ambitious project deserves praise, especially for the way in which it introduces the conceptual tools of vertebrate and cellular structures to capture important aspects of the rise in globalized violence and terror.” — Zsuzsanna Chappell, Political Studies Review

“A virtue of Appadurai’s book is its original account of the social psychology of ethnic conflict.” — Andrew A. G. Ross, Millennium Journal of International Studies

“Appadurai offers ‘sophisticated’ lay readers a tidy framework for making sense of countless news reports about mass murder, martyr-bombings and all the rest.” — Noel Castree, Progress in Human Geography

“Appadurai’s Fear of Small Numbers is an important contribution to the study of one of the most harmful aspects of modernity, violence against minorities. . . . “[It is] groundbreaking both for social theory and for political action. Even its questionable assertions inspire reflection on important issues. I highly recommend this book to all people interested in the fate of the contemporary world.” — Laura Pearl, Comparative Studies in Society and History

“Appadurai’s book is full of powerful insights both about globalization and about modern communal violence, especially in South Asia.” — Kwame Anthony Appiah, Common Knowledge

“Due to its provocative character, the 137 pages of Appadurai's essay make it an excellent starting point for generating ideas for term papers in classes on globalization, genocide, ethnocide, or terrorism. Appadurai's clear, stylish writing means that even lower division undergraduates should have little difficulty generating thoughtful theses from this rich text.” — Brien Hallett, Peace and Change

“The author of these brief, penetrating essays investigates globalization’s dark side and, most significantly, demonstrates that ‘small number’ minorities have become both victimized and victimizer.” — Karl Helicher, Foreword Magazine

“This is a small book with big ideas. . . . [T]he ideas presented do provide a basis for rich research agendas into the 'newness' of globalisation, the crisis of the nation-state and the legitimacy of government, and the consequences of mediated violence not just for long-distance compassion but also for long-distance anger.” — Michael Humphrey, Australian Journal of Anthropology

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