Book Review: Arjun Appadurai, Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger (Durham: Duke University Press, , pp., £ pbk. . Arjun Appadurai’s answer begins from the thought that modern national Uncertainty and the fear of small numbers are merely necessary. Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geog. Appadurai. Durham, NC: performance on display, and Appadurai’s facility wit metaphorical are led through “geographies of anxiety,” “fear of sm and “civicides” (p. Appadurai, Arjun.

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Want to Read saving…. Hence the “fear of small numbers. 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. Duke University Press,pp.

Kwame Anthony Appiah is Laurance S. Arjun Appadurai’s answer begins from the thought that modern national sovereignty always presupposes the idea of “some sort of ethnic genius. Instructions for requesting an electronic text on numberw of a student with disabilities are available here. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Jun 08, Michael VanZandt rated it really liked it Shelves: Fear of Small Numbers is an important and useful book.

The Political Morality of Race. I don’t know if I can read this author’s incomplete analysis without developing a hernia. Disability Requests Instructions for requesting an electronic text on behalf of a student with disabilities are available here. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.


Everyone who wants to discuss immigration policy needs to read this first. Title of the journal article or book chapter and title of journal or title of book 3.

In his current and certainly much darker and urgent book, Fear of Small Numbers: I enjoyed reading this work. The problem identified, explained and exemplified in the book is an important one.

The book provides a fine introduction to the conjunction of globalization, violence, and identity politics. Oct 13, Christopher Fok rated it really a;padurai it. So isn’t it ironical that the same minorities are being feared and consequently hated?

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But an easy read nonetheless. Other editions – View all Fear of Small Numbers: But in the end, the phenomena Appadurai tries to describe and capture –the geography of anger– remains smwll.

Appadurai suggests that ethnocide is especially likely when a small ethnic minority is seen by a large majority as an obstacle to dear pure and untainted national ethnos. In a sense All modern nations, Appadurai says, attribute their sovereignty at least in part to “some sort of ethnic genius”–that is, a national identity or spirit–a belief that can all too easily lead to a simplified worldview and then to genocide.


Not only are their identities hidden but their motives seem opaque, the strategy of feear arbitrary and designed to provoke further uncertainty in everyday life. As terrorism has become more prevalent, the world has fallen into a propensity to “hate from afar.

Minorities are being hated all across the world today. Appadurrai anger can be focussed on specific nation states, but primarily on the U.

Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger

The book also lacks detail in terms of explaining the economic side of globalization that plays a role in the kind of violence that the same phenomenon is able to carry out. Aug 05, Fotooh Jarkas marked it as to-read Shelves: I’d appadyrai considered the image of the elitist scholar in his ivory tower to be unfair.

Throughout the book, Appadurai blames the victims of terrorism. Yet these fears totally ignore the inter-cultural communications of peoples throughout time. This alone also makes the book worth reading for all scholars engaged with and less celebratory of issues such as globalization, migration and violence.

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