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Ismaʿili ModernGlobalization and Identity in a Muslim Community$
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Jonah Steinberg

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834077

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807899458_steinberg

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Living Globality: Local Modes of Transnational Experience

Living Globality: Local Modes of Transnational Experience

(p.143) Chapter Five Living Globality: Local Modes of Transnational Experience
Ismaʿili Modern

Jonah Steinberg

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter posits that the intersection between violence, identity, the global assemblage, and the state comes into its clearest resolution in certain moments and spaces. In such fleeting settings as conferences or children's plays, suddenly the meaning of the Isma'ili arrival in remote borderlands comes into focus and begins to make sense. The ethnographic richness of such glimpses reveals the complex negotiations and interactions that constitute the Isma'ili subject's encounter with the community's global institutions. Much of what is described in the chapter could be characterized as mechanisms of assimilation and inculcation, the purposive alignment of Isma'ili metropole and periphery. However, it comes across here wearing fewer of its institutional garments, in its less-dressed, more informal iterations.

Keywords:   violence, identity, global assemblage, conferences, children's plays, ethnographic richness

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