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On the idea that phrases have the facility to make worlds, each one essay during this booklet follows a notice because it travels worldwide and throughout time. students from 5 disciplines deal with 13 societies to focus on the social and political lifetime of phrases in Asia, Europe, and the center East, from the mid-nineteenth century to the current. The method is consciously experimental, in that conscientiously monitoring particular phrases in particular settings often leads in unforeseen instructions and alters traditional depictions of worldwide modernity.

Such phrases as security in Brazil, responsibility in Japan, community in Thailand, and hijāb in France replaced the societies during which they moved while the phrases have been replaced by means of them. a few phrases threatened to release wars, as injury did in imperial Britain’s family members with China within the 19th century. Others, corresponding to secularism, labored in silence to agitate for political switch in twentieth-century Morocco. phrases imposed or imported from in another country may be reworked by way of those that wielded them to oppose the very powers that first brought them, as occurred in Turkey, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Taken jointly, this feature of fourteen essays unearths commonality in addition to specialty throughout smooth societies, making the area glance diverse from the interdisciplinary and transnational standpoint of “words in motion.”

Contributors. Mona Abaza, Itty Abraham, Partha Chatterjee, Carol Gluck, Huri Islamoglu, Claudia Koonz, Lydia H. Liu, Driss Maghraoui, Vicente L. Rafael, Craig J. Reynolds, Seteney Shami, Alan Tansman, Kasian Tejapira, Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing

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