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
Zambia
modernity
expectation of modernity
ethnography of decline
abjection
noise
myths
 
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
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://journal.unhas.ac.id/index.php/etnosia/article/view/14294
10.31947/etnosia.v6i1.14294
 
Source ETNOSIA : Jurnal Etnografi Indonesia; Vol.6. No.1. Juni 2021; 136 – 142
2548-9747
2527-9319
10.31947/etnosia.v6i1
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://journal.unhas.ac.id/index.php/etnosia/article/view/14294/6947
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2021 ETNOSIA : Jurnal Etnografi Indonesia
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0
 

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