The Other Cold War by Heonik Kwon

The Other Cold War

byHeonik Kwon

Kobo ebook | December 6, 2010

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In this conceptually bold project, Heonik Kwon uses anthropology to interrogate the cold war's cultural and historical narratives. Adopting a truly panoramic view of local politics and international events, he challenges the notion that the cold war was a global struggle fought uniformly around the world and that the end of the war marked a radical, universal rupture in modern history.

Incorporating comparative ethnographic study into a thorough analysis of the period, Kwon upends cherished ideas about the global and their hold on contemporary social science. His narrative describes the slow decomposition of a complex social and political order involving a number of local and culturally creative processes. While the nations of Europe and North America experienced the cold war as a time of "long peace," postcolonial nations entered a different reality altogether, characterized by vicious civil wars and other exceptional forms of violence. Arguing that these events should be integrated into any account of the era, Kwon captures the first sociocultural portrait of the cold war in all its subtlety and diversity.

Heonik Kwon is reader in anthropology at the London School of Economics and previously taught at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Ghosts of War in Vietnam and After the Massacre: Commemoration and Consolation in Ha My and My Lai.
Title:The Other Cold WarFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 6, 2010Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231526709

ISBN - 13:9780231526708

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Table of Contents

Part 1
1. The Idea of the End
2. Two Color Lines of the Twentieth Century
3. American Orientalism
Part 2
4. The Ambidextrous Body
5. The Democratic Family
Part 3
6. Rethinking Postcolonial History
7. Cold War Culture in Perspective

Editorial Reviews

Kwon's focus on the local experience of the Cold War is a valuable contribution to the scholarship of Cold War studies and helps readers to better connect with the violent upheaval that the Cold War created in the lives of many in the world.