In this Book

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In this remarkable and often dazzling book, Paul Carter explores the conditions for sociability in a globalized future. He argues that we make many assumptions about communication but overlook barriers to understanding between strangers as well as the importance of improvisation in overcoming these obstacles to meeting. While disciplines such as sociology, legal studies, psychology, political theory, and even urban planning treat meeting as a good in its own right, they fail to provide a model of what makes meeting possible and worth pursuing: a yearning for encounter.

The volume’s central narrative—between Northern cultural philosophers and Australian societies—traverses the troubled history of misinterpretation that is characteristic of colonial cross-cultural encounter. As he brings the literature of Indigenous and non-Indigenous anthropological research into dialogue with Western approaches of conceptualizing sociability, Carter makes a startling discovery: that meeting may not be desirable and, if it is, its primary objective may be to negotiate a future of non-meeting.

To explain the phenomenon of encounter, Carter performs it in differing scales, spaces, languages, tropes, and forms of knowledge, staging in the very language of the book what he calls “passages.” In widely varying contexts, these passages posit the disjunction of Greco-Roman and Indigenous languages, codes, theatrics of power, social systems, and visions of community. In an era of new forms of technosocialization, Carter offers novel ways of presenting the philosophical dimensions of waiting, meeting, and non-meeting.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Response
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  1. Borderline
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  1. Aside
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  1. Rendezvous
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  1. Hollowed Out
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  1. Cladding
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  1. Catching Up
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  1. Echolocation
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  1. Scales
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  1. Over and Above
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  1. Thirdings
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  1. All Change
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  1. Liaisons
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  1. Singing Through
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  1. X Marks the Spot
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  1. G/hosts
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  1. Enigma Variations
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  1. In Passing
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  1. Pigeonholes
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  1. Erotic Zones
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  1. First Impressions
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  1. Within a Cooee
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  1. Dangerous
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  1. I Read Marx (I Don’t)
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  1. Terminal
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  1. Middle Ground
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  1. Blind Spot
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  1. Save the Wall
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  1. All Ears
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  1. I Have Wondered beyond Absolutes
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  1. Accompaniment
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  1. Proxy
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  1. Notes
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  1. Index
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 237
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781452940175
Related ISBN
9780816685394
MARC Record
OCLC
863032934
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2013-11-28
Language
English
Open Access
No

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