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Daniel T. Rodgers, Bhavani Raman, and Helmut Reimitz

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691159096

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691159096.001.0001

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Cultures in Motion

Cultures in Motion

An Introduction

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Cultures in Motion
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Daniel T. Rodgers

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691159096.003.0001

This book examines the ways in which cultural practices that human communities have constructed have crossed the boundaries of place throughout history, disrupting social and cultural relations and keeping even spatially rooted cultures in motion. It consists of a collection of essays that offer stories of intrusion, translation, resistance, and adaptation. They chronicle histories of cultural motion where nothing stays the same, whether dance rhythms, alchemical formulas, practices of charity, feminist aspirations, medical techniques, sewing machines, or labor networks. The book explores how cultural practices moved across articulated space and relationships of power, creating the need for translation and the possibilities of radical misunderstandings. This introduction discusses how studies of empire and globalization have been the principal sources of the analytical language with which historians have undertaken to describe what happens wherever cultural practices intersect. It also provides an overview of the chapters that follow.

Keywords:   cultural practices, place, cultures, translation, cultural motion, dance, charity, power, empire, globalization

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