Comments and Reflections

Comments and Reflections
Ato Quayson
Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies
University of Toronto
1. The question of method
2. Clifford and Marcus, Writing Culture (1986)
The shaping of the narrative account within the social sciences and
the humanities; paradigms and templates
Event/epoch vrs process
3. Arjun Appadurai, Modernity at Large (1996)
 Localities as ethnoscapes
 Relationality
 Localities as sites of practices, interpretation, and value
 The question of temporality
4. David Harvey, The Limits of Capital (1982; 2006)
 The nature of the spatial fix
 Correlating the spatial fix of the global onto the local sphere
 Processes and contradictions
5. What is the moral grammar of difference?
 Examples from Black Britain
 Why is it that Afro-Caribbeans in the UK carry their sense of
entitlement so differently from Africans in the same context?
 Speculations of the routes/roots of different moral grammars from
plantation slavery and the colonial economies