By Jonathan Friedman
This attention-grabbing publication explores the interface among international methods, id formation and the construction of culture.
Examining principles starting from global platforms idea to postmodernism, Jonathan Friedman investigates the kinfolk among the worldwide and the neighborhood, to teach how cultural fragmentation and modernist homogenization are both constitutive traits of world truth. With examples taken from a wealthy number of theoretical resources, ethnographic bills of ancient eras, the research levels around the cultural formations of historical Greece, modern techniques of Hawaiian cultural id and Congolese attractiveness cults. all through, the writer examines the interdependency of global marketplace and native cultural
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The two poles of social identity are referred to in terms of the presence or absence of cultural criteria of classification. I do not intend to suggest that 'citizenry' is in no sense a cultural phenomenon, since it is clearly a specific kind of organization with a definite semantic content. In this latter sense, culture is simply the specific content of social form. What I seek to highlight here is the contrast between categories defined in terms of abstract universalistic as opposed to concrete particularistic criteria.
Conclusion I have tried here to provide in schematic form an argument for a specific approach to global systems. As stated, given our starting point in anthropology, prehistory and ancient history, we were never confronted 40 CULTURAL IDENTITY AND GLOBAL PROCESS with the issue of how to extend the world system back 5,000 years or more. The nature of continuity, however, remains a problem. By suggesting structural models of global systems, it may be possible to gain a clearer understanding of significant similarities and differences in time and space.
Any particular social situation may display a variety of tendencies. Certainly the pure model of the nation state has never seen the light of day and there are always conflicts between ethnic vs non-ethnic identities. While it might indeed be difficult to assess the nature of cultural identities in, for example, the Hellenistic world, there is some very interesting evidence on the degree to which culture had taken on an objectified, externalized existence. Certainly for the Greeks themselves it PROPERTIES OF GLOBAL SYSTEMS 37 might be argued that the entire Hellenistic 'project,' so to speak, expressed a relation to culture as a set of behavioral rules, a literature, a language that had to be taught in order to maintain Greek identity.