Globalization, Anthropology of

Arjun Appadurai

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This article examines the anthropological interest in globalization from two perspectives. First, in conversation with other social sciences and second, to reexamine classical questions of diffusion, identification, comparison from within the discipline itself. Central to this analysis is the idea of "flow" that places objects, ideologies, technologies, and images within the dynamic sphere of exchange and circulation. This article also engages with contemporary concerns regarding forceful human dislocation and ensuing violence that are integral to the emerging structures of sovereignty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
StatePublished - Mar 26 2015


  • Circulation
  • Citizenship
  • Commodification
  • Cultural flow
  • Ethnic violence
  • Heterogeneity
  • Homogeneity
  • Identification
  • Locality
  • McDonaldization
  • Minorities
  • Sovereignty
  • Transnationalism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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