James Ferguson and his critique on modernity: Analyzing expectation of modernity

ETNOSIA: Jurnal Etnografi Indonesia

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Title James Ferguson and his critique on modernity: Analyzing expectation of modernity
Creator Isra, Andi Batara Al
Subject Copperbelt
expectation of modernity
ethnography of decline
Description The book review reveals the issue of modernity from James Ferguson’s Expectation of Modernity: Myths and Meanings of Urban Life on the Zambian Copperbelt which is dismantling and heart-breaking.  This well-written and thick seven chapters book is based on Ferguson’s ethnographic fieldwork in Copperbelt, Zambia, between 1970s-1990s. The book introduced what is called the ethnography of decline, a way of understanding people’s point of view about their own experience of social, cultural, and economic ‘advance’ and ‘decline’. A very hard task for ethnographers since they must deal with the situation instead of working with people. Related to that, Ferguson also explores a concept called ‘abjection’, a process of being thrown (down) aside, expelled or discarded. Using this concept, he claims that modernity is quite similar to colonialism which brings the dichotomy of ‘the west’ and ‘the rest’ where the west is ‘modern’ and the rest is ‘savage’. Thus, globalization of economy brought by modernization has been experienced as abjection and disconnection, leading to a conclusion that modernity is no more than a myth that would never exist.
Publisher Department Anthropology, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences Hasanuddin University.
Date 2021-04-26
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Format application/pdf
Identifier https://journal.unhas.ac.id/index.php/etnosia/article/view/14294
Source ETNOSIA : Jurnal Etnografi Indonesia; Vol.6. No.1. Juni 2021; 136 – 142
Language eng
Relation https://journal.unhas.ac.id/index.php/etnosia/article/view/14294/6947
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