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When the West meets the rest - what comes next? Fuelled by curiosity and wanderlust, reporter Doug Hendrie travels to the edges of our world to find the answer: a series of unexpected – and bizarre – cultural mash-ups, from the StarCraft videogame superstars of South Korea to the Clash-loving punks of Indonesia; from gay power in the Catholic Philippines to the street film ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 1st 2014 by Hardie Grant
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
In the West, especially the white, English-speaking West, we have the idea - presumptive, no doubt - that our culture is overwhelming and destroying the cultures of other countries - cultures we perceive as unique, original, exotic, quaint ... threatened. There's no doubt that the word "globalisation" comes with many connotations, some of them good, some of them bad. And there's no doubt that cultures all around the world, including our own, are undergoing often rapid change, and in the face of ...more
Jody
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
AmalgaNations, from Australian freelance journalist Doug Hendrie, is an entertaining introduction to some rarely-reported, fascinating examples of the cross-cultural impacts of globalisation. It’s almost a travel book, but not as you’d know it; Hendrie describes destinations and his human subjects with a greater depth of cultural insight than many.

Traversing the planet from the phenomenon of professional video-gaming in South Korea, to the surprising balancing act between Catholic faith and gay
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Gabrielle
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book - the writing is just fantastic. The author is an engaging and thought-provoking story teller, and I learned a lot about different cultures I have never experienced through his travels. There were some remarkable observations and I really enjoyed his light heartedness, he's got a great sense of humour. I would recommend it to anybody who is curious about the world we live in and who enjoys intelligent, thoughtful writing. It's a superb and highly original book. Loved it! ...more
Elise Pulbrook
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Whether globalisation is good will be always be subject to scrutiny. Nonetheless, 'Amalganations' is a reminder to embrace change, to have wonder and realise the potential of transience.

Hendrie captures the world as it is with hypnotic prose and startling truth. It is always refreshing to read creative non-fiction that arrests your attention to details in life that are often overlooked. The author's immersion into local cultures around the world is a reminder to us all to be more than superfici
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Tom
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Simply put, Doug Hendrie's beautifully written "AmalgaNations" is brilliant! With the eagle eye of Paul Theroux and Bruce Chatwin at their best and the cheerfully dry wit of Bill Bryson, this book would work as a travelogue. But where some travelogues aimlessly wander, Hendrie's book is a valuable eyewitness account of the fascinating and wonderful cultural mishmash in a post-Globalised world. To that end, Hendrie's genius is threading together his central premise through four rarely (if ever) r ...more
Annabel Pirrie
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Whatever the positive and negative aspects of globalisation are, I appreciated "AmalgaNations" focus on globalisation's far-reaching and bizarre effects. This book engaged me from the get-go as Hendrie explored developments in communities that I never thought could have existed, I especially loved reading about StarCraft in North Korea; the fandom, the tournaments, the hairdos! For anyone looking to discover unexpected and fascinating cultural trends taking place across the globe this book is a ...more
Steven
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, effortless writing. Great stories. Occaisionally titilating. Deep exploration and research on four unknown and intriguing subcultures. A shape of things to come, as the pace of globalisation intensifies. Need more books like this. Would be good if the title was able to better capture some of the human spirit embodied in the work.
Dhanes
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An eye-opening accounts of globalization and its real influence in several part of the world. The globalization and the effects of it are explained well and understandable.
Nathan Schmidt
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads, and am grateful for the opportunity.

Hendrie's assertion from the beginning of the novel that globalization is a positive change is very optimistic, possibly a little too optimistic for my taste. He lightly refutes some of the arguments against globalization, but I think he does not take those charges seriously enough. Many cultures are being torn apart and erased by globalization, and he should take that into account.

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Anna Martin
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Interesting read but I don't agree with the author's views. Globalization, to me, is a bad idea on so many levels. ...more
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A freelance foreign correspondent, magazine writer and lecturer, Doug Hendrie has spent six years exploring novel subcultures and unusual trends. He's reported on everything from Australian sex surrogates to Kenya’s internet startups to the raskol gangs, mobile phone culture and elections in Papua New Guinea. He was the principal researcher for Jacqueline Kent's biography of former Australian Prim ...more

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