Three Tales of Modernity


  • Howard Adelman



globalization, modernity, Indigenous


The impact of globalisation on the provision of assistance to newcomers is assessed in this paper. It takes a philosophical view of civilisation and argues that, a culture of caring is not an oasis in the emerging "global civilisation," but the source of its renewal. This culture of caring is contrasted with a more individualistic conception of isolation. Intervention of the state is required for curbing exploitative activities on isolated individuals. In contrast, the paper argues that civilisation might temporarily disrupt cultural values such as those geared to redistribution of wealth and the welcome we render to newcomers. However, recovery is possible through a set of moral rules and regulations which are independent of the state.


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Adelman, H. (1997). Three Tales of Modernity. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 15(6), 6–7.

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