Domesticating the World African Consumerism and the Genealogies of Globalization
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Description: This book boldly unsettles the idea of globalization as a recent phenomenon--and one driven solely by western interests--by offering a compelling new perspective on global interconnectivity in the nineteenth century. InDomesticating the World,Jeremy Prestholdt examines East African consumers' changing desires for material goods from around the world in an era of sweeping social and economic change. Exploring complex webs of local consumer demands that affected patterns of exchange and production as far away as India and the United States, the book challenges presumptions that Africa's global relationships have always been dictated by outsiders. Full of rich, and often surprising vignettes that outline forgotten trajectories of global trade and consumption, his book affirms the importance of African interests to the making of our relentlessly interdependent world. At the same time, it powerfully demonstrates how contemporary globalization is foreshadowed in deep histories of intersecting and reciprocal relationships across vast distances.
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Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 1/15/2008
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Jeremy Prestholdt is Assistant Professor History at the University of California, San Diego.
|List of Illustrations|
|Similitude and Global Relationships: Self-Representation in Mutsamudu|
|The Social Logics of Need: Consumer Desire in Mombasa|
|The Global Repercussions of Consumerism: East African Consumers and Industrialization|
|Cosmopolitanism and Cultural Domestication: Consumer Imports in Zanzibar|
|Symbolic Subjection and Social Rebirth: Objectification in Urban Zanzibar|
|Picturesque Contradictions: Taxonomies of East Africa|