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Southern Thought and Other Essays on the Mediterranean$
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Franco Cassano, Norma Bouchard, and Valerio Ferme

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823233649

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823233649.001.0001

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Southern Thought and Other Essays on the Mediterranean

Franco Cassano

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Like Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America, the Mediterranean is also a resource, a subaltern archive of values and traditions that this chapter locates in a number of unsuspected sites. The chapter examines these values, which range from slowness, contemplation, and conviviality to reflections on the Mediterranean reality of exchange, hybridization, and plurality. It argues that values of slowness, contemplation, and conviviality have kept the South from reaching the conquests of North Atlantic modernity, but have also screened it from its pathologies. These values should not be dismissed as impediments to development and progress but ought to be conceptualized as examples of resistance to the excesses of capitalist and especially post-Fordist modernization. Next to the recovery of values such as slowness, contemplation, and conviviality, the chapter evokes another dimension of the Mediterranean heritage: Its history of networks and connections between cultures, societies, and ethnicities, stretching from Western Europe and the Sub-Sahara to the Middle East, all the way to the Indian Ocean and the Asian steppes.

Keywords:   Mediterranean, South, slowness, contemplation, conviviality, exchange, hybridization, plurality, Franco Cassano, ethnicities

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