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7081 -- ROTTENBURG, RICHARD, BURKHARD SCHNEPEL & SHINGO SHIMADA (Eds.)

The making and unmaking of differences. Anthropological, sociological and philosophical perspectives

Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag 2006
147 pp., Euro 18.80; ISBN 3-89942-426-3
Keywords: difference, minorities, neo-liberalism, strangers, philosophy (African), Catholicism in Africa, Queer theories, identity, translating cultures, neo-traditionalism, Creolization, night (theory)

The papers in this book are based on a conference of the same title at the Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Halle, Germany, in October 2004.
## This book is about the making and unmaking of socio-cultural differences, seen from anthropological, sociological and philosophical perspectives. Some contributions are of a theoretical nature, such as when the "problem of translation", "the enigma of alienity" or "queer theory" are addressed; other contributors throw light on contemporary issues like the integration of Muslims in Norway, identity-forming processes in "Creole" societies or "neo-traditionalist movements" and "identity" in Africa. Moreover, the book deals with "strangers" looked at from an "anthropology of the night". Special emphasis is placed on how globalization and the rapid spreading of ever new technologies of information have generated ever new patterns of inclusion and exclusion, and how these can be theorized.##

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