James Clifford
Routes: Travel and Translation in the Late Twentieth Century
March 16, 2019 Comments.. 413
Routes Travel and Translation in the Late Twentieth Century In this collage of essays meditations poems and travel reports Clifford takes travel and its difficult companion translation as openings into a complex modernity He contemplates a world ever con

  • Title: Routes: Travel and Translation in the Late Twentieth Century
  • Author: James Clifford
  • ISBN: 9780674779617
  • Page: 387
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this collage of essays, meditations, poems, and travel reports, Clifford takes travel and its difficult companion, translation, as openings into a complex modernity He contemplates a world ever connected yet not homogeneous, a global history proceeding from the fraught legacies of exploration, colonization, capitalist expansion, immigration, labor mobility, and toIn this collage of essays, meditations, poems, and travel reports, Clifford takes travel and its difficult companion, translation, as openings into a complex modernity He contemplates a world ever connected yet not homogeneous, a global history proceeding from the fraught legacies of exploration, colonization, capitalist expansion, immigration, labor mobility, and tourism Ranging from Highland New Guinea to northern California, from Vancouver to London, he probes current approaches to the interpretation and display of non Western arts and cultures Wherever people and things cross paths and where institutional forces work to discipline unruly encounters, Clifford s concern is with struggles to displace stereotypes, to recognize divergent histories, to sustain postcolonial and tribal identities in contexts of domination and globalization Travel, diaspora, border crossing, self location, the making of homes away from home these are transcultural predicaments for the late twentieth century The map that might account for them, the history of an entangled modernity, emerges here as an unfinished series of paths and negotiations, leading in many directions while returning again and again to the struggles and arts of cultural encounter, the impossible, inescapable tasks of translation.

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    1. Dusty says:

      Routes -- a play on the word Roots, which is Clifford's real topic -- is a curiosity amongst academic books. It's a collection of essays that all deal in one way or another with how travel defines culture, and it's also something of a state of the field of anthropology in its dealings with travel (fieldwork), transnationalism and diaspora in the late 1990s. Some of his remarks feel rather commonplace to me now, fifteen years later, but I appreciate that even when making what feels like an obviou [...]

    2. Adam says:

      An analysis of Clifford's views on hybrid, cosmopolitan experiences using Henry Miller's narrative The Collosus of Marousi. Anthropological research, when focused on studying other cultures, centered on the experiences of “fieldwork,” a task that led anthropologists to towns and villages in order to understand a “native” culture. (Clifford, 21-23) Despite these attempts, modern anthropologists have found flaws in this logic as a result of consistent interactions between groups of people. [...]

    3. Ralowe Ampu says:

      probably something i should keep to myself, but i've been reeling from brooding over the consequences of reading culture ethically, and how culture reads back. i've been comically marooned in subject-making, spending more time than feels comfortable, really, at the disciplinary beck of "anthropology." james clifford frustrates the science, the cataloguing data of this book choosing "human geography" "philosophy" "travel writing" over the term. this is an important and playful parry with power. o [...]

    4. Stanzin stamdin says:

      excellent book, which discloses the politics of contemporary travel and travel writing culture. Clifford prime concern is with the problem of deliberately making the 'stasis'and 'purity'by travel writers in the world which is full 'movement' and 'disorder'".

    5. Ana says:

      Like with most of the other books dealing with diasporas and movement there is little to no mention here regarding Cuban diasporas. I would argue that this book main's contribution was the emphasis he placed in individual stories instead of metanarratives.

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