Off The Map
210 Pages
English

Off The Map

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210 Pages
English

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Today's global economy is yesterday's empire. Imperialism in whatever guise is the same through time, penetrating every area of our lives, affecting whole cultures as well as the deep core of individuals. And maps have been the tools of empire, defining the territory to be exploited.

Off The Map is a unique exploration of globalization. Part history, part autobiography, and part fiction, it weaves together the history of the last 300 years of Western imperialism, the author's own story of sexual abuse in the 1950s, and a present-day horseback ride through the recently colonized Chicano world of New Mexico. The author takes us with her as she travels 'off the map' through the ancestral lands of her friend and traveling companion Snowflake Martinez, describing the Chicano people's struggle to survive the onslaught of a globalized world, and the ways in which that struggle has been replicated countless times. In a different voice, she reveals scenes from her childhood, her grandparents adorning themselves with artifacts symbolic of the British Empire, and her medical doctor father raping both her and her brother for twelve years. The political is deeply personal. And hope, according to Glendinning, resides in our creating new maps that chart worlds fashioned by love and respect for community, place and nature.

"A dazzling contribution to the critical study of globalization (qua imperialism)." -- Devon Peña, author of Chicano Culture, Ecology, Politics: Subversive Kin

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Published 13 August 2002
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EAN13 9781550923322
Language English
Document size 22 MB

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In this wonderful book, Chellis Glendinning reveals imperi alism’s legacy for us all, both the children of the oppressed and the children of the oppressor. Off the Map is a work of great import for our time — and it’s a marvelous read, too. — Susan Grifffin, author ofWoman and Nature andA Chorus of Stones
A stunning and unique achievement, angry and honest and wise, which I devoured in a day and will remember for a life time. It is essential for anyone who dares to figure out what it means to be an American at this historical moment. It is nothing less than an attempt to show the awful con sequences of the Western mindset that almost all of us have inherited (or adopted) – what it means to be a product of 500 years of unrelenting, violent, indefensible, largely racist, and successful imperialism. And then to suggest the kind of psychological transformations that have to take place for us to understand another way of looking at the world, and the kinds of ally we might have for that in the people who still understand the indigenous, tribal thoughtways. — Kirkpatrick Sale, author ofConquest of Paradise andRebels Against the Future
One of the most significant books to chart the struggle between the global and the local to appear in a very long time. A dazzling contribution to the critical study of glob alization (qua imperialism).
— Devon Peña, author ofChicano Culture, Ecology, Politics: Subversive Kin
In order to fix something, you need to know it is broken and how it got broken. Chellis Glendinning helps us see how our world was broken by empire. By revealing in poet ic detail how our world was broken, Chellis provides emotional insight into how we can go about healing the world and ourselves at the same time. Some of the bravest writing I have ever enjoyed. — Kevin Danaher, Global Exchange, author ofTen Reasons to Abolish the IMF and the World Bank
A powerful account of the way imperialism and the global economy shape and reshape our lives. Chellis Glendinning is an imaginative writer as well as an impressive activist for cultural preservation and environmental justice. — Tikkun
Maps and technology. Empire and rape. Land and people. Landscape and culture. Autonomy and domination. These themes are seamlessly merged, revealed and untangled. — Mitchell Thomashow, author ofEcological Identity: Becoming a Reflective Environmentalist
This shamanic journey into the imperialist mindset brings together gritty and littleknown information with a won derful and unique style of writing that merges the masculine and the feminine. Powerful, at times, shocking; the best book I’ve read in a decade. — Suzi Gablik, author of The Reenchantment of Art, in Lapis
Glendinning’s freewheeling, lyrical meditation on the human costs of economic globalization fiercely blends the personal and the political. Publisher’s Weekly
…a wildly potent book that demands we ask ourselves: How deeply did we buy into the colonialists’ psyche? What ele ments of the dominator Empire still reside in us? We cannot console ourselves into thinking that this empire building is from the past and that our personal lives have not been tainted by it. Chellis reveals to us in subtle and not so sub tle ways how we are interdependent — how what’s happening to indigenous cultures happened to us “a long time ago … only slower.” … The colonizers have become the colonized… Read it if you have the courage. — Bob Banner,HopeDancemagazine
an expedition deep into empire and the global economy
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Copyright © 2002 by Chellis Glendinning. All rights reserved.
Cover design by Diane McIntosh. Cover image Jess Alford, ©PhotoDisc. Printed in Canada by Friesens Inc.
Paperback ISBN: 0865714630
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Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xiii Foreword: Empire in Denial by Kevin Danaher . . . . . . . . . xv LOCATION UNKNOWN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
EMPIRE AS MAP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 The Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Routes and Roads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 The House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 The Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Other Places . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 IN WHICH THE MAP IS ALTERED. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 From DominionPink to ToyotaBlue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 WHAT IS GLOBALIZATION?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 CyberMap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 BananaRepublic Superhighway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Smart Apartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 Virtual Wild . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 The Same Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 OFF THE MAP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155 The Border . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 WE ARE HERE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179 Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181 About the Author . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .189