The Study of Globalising Processes from a Southern Perspective


This volume discusses globalising processes from the perspective of the humanities and social sciences. It focuses on the ‘global south’, notably the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Densely researched case studies examine a variety of approaches for their potential to understand connecting processes on different scales. The studies seek to overcome the main traps of the ‘globalisation’ paradigm, such as its occidental bias, its notion of linear expansion, its simplifying dichotomy between ‘local’ and ‘global’, and an often-found lack of historical depth. They elaborate the asymmetries, mobilities, opportunities and barriers involved in globalising processes. Their new perspective on these processes is captured by the concept of ‘translocality’, which aims at integrating a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches from different disciplines.

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Pages: 401–440
Ulrike Freitag, Ph.D. (1991) in History (Freiburg), is Director of Zentrum Moderner Orient and Professor of Islamic Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. She has published Geschichtsschreibung in Syrien (1991) and Indian Ocean Migrants and the Reform of Hadhramaut (2003). Her current interests include urban social history and global history.

Achim von Oppen, Ph.D. (1990) in Sociology (Berlin), is Professor of African History at Universität Bayreuth and former Deputy Director of Zentrum Moderner Orient. He has worked and published widely on social history and constructions of space in Central and East Africa.
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Note on Transliteration

Introduction: ‘Translocality’: An Approach to Connection and Transfer in Regional Studies, Ulrike Freitag/Achim von Oppen

Part One: Marginal Mobilities
Wodaabe Women and the Outside World, Elisabeth Boesen
Chinese Women in the New Migration Process to Europe: Marginal or Main Actors?, Carine Pina-Guerassimoff
Proud Fighters, Blind Men: World War Experiences of Combatants from the Arab East, Katharina Lange
‘Following the Hills’: Gold Mining Camps as Heterotopias, Katja Werthmann

Part Two: Spaces on the Move
Mapping the Ocean: Visual Representations of the Indian Ocean in the Swahili Military Press during World War II, Katrin Bromber
Regional Attractions: World and Village in Kabylia (Algeria), Judith Scheele
Translocal ‘Kinship’ Relations in Central African Politics of the 19th Century, Beatrix Heintze

Part Three: Locality and beyond
Autochthony: Local or Global?, Peter Geschiere
Heritage and the Making of (Trans-) local Identities: A Case Study from the Curonian Spit (Lithuania), Anja Peleikis
Shifting Globalities – Changing Headgear: The Indian Muslims between Turban, Hat and Fez, Margrit Pernau
Reclaiming the African City: The World and the Township, Terence Ranger

Part Four: Alternate Globalities
‘Alternate’ Globalities? On the Cultures and Formats of Transnational Muslim Networks from South Asia, Dietrich Reetz
Globalisation in the Making: Translocal Gendered Spaces in Muslim Societies, Gudrun Lachenmann
About ‘Turks’ and ‘Germans’: The Turkish Press in Germany and the Construction of Multiple Memberships, Christoph Schumann

Index of Personal Names
Index of Place Names
List of Contributors
Historians, anthropologists, sociologists and political scientists interested in globalisation and translocality; area specialists of Asia and Africa since the 18th/19th century.
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