PDF | This paper serves as a critical response to the essay “Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy”, authored by Arjun Appadurai, published. Disjuncture and. Difference in the. Global Cultural. Economy by. Arjun Appadurai. Quick Jump: Some Key Terms. Globalization versus Homogenization). One of the most influential essays of the period (probably because it was ahead of the curve) was Arjun Appadurai’s Disjuncture and Difference.

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Even after the postwar expansion, we are talking about a field with only a few thousand active participants very small in relation to say, clinical psychologythose same huge ambitions, new interests in places like peasant villages, urban neighborhoods, factories and corporate offices, and access via area studies differende to large parts of the world that had previously been pretty much neglected.

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Arjun Appadurai – Wikipedia

Alter-globalization Anti-globalization Counter-hegemonic globalization Cultural globalization Deglobalization Democratic globalization Economic globalization Environmental globalization Financial globalization Global citizenship education Global governance Global health History of archaic early modern Military globalization Political globalization Trade globalization Workforce globalization. Raquel Masil October 20, at 7: Some of my students are sure that they want to do new studies of flows of objects across cultural boundaries and so there is no reason to read old-fashioned ethnographers like Malinowski.

Vic Turner had a similar knack. In his anthropological work, he discusses the importance of the modernity of nation states and globalization. Tryphena Yeboah December 4, at 6: Retrieved 19 April To read his essays is to read someone conversant with what is going on in other areas and constantly striving to see what his bits of local knowledge can add arjunn those conversations.


Although he is, as many have already noted, extremely intellectually bewitching, some of his claims seem slightly thoughtless, yet proposed as exciting new ideas nevertheless. Writing up my reactions to the workshop, I concluded, bq.

Then, I am struck, too, by the mention of disciplinary boundaries. I do it all the time. Appadurai claims that the global movement of these various scapes is happening under a growing disjunction between them. My current project will, if all goes well, combine social network analysis of credits published in the Tokyo Copywriters Club Annual, a data set that, should I ever get around to having it all input, stretches back toextensive reading of works by and about the top creatives who occupy central positions in the networks the social network analysis reveals, together with background information on the advertising industry during the years in question, and, then, ethnographic interviews with at least some of these key people.

American Academy of Arts and Sciences. However, Arjkn ethnography of urban social movements in the city of Mumbai has proved to be contentious with several scholars like the Canadian anthropologist, Judith Whitehead arguing that SPARC an organization which Appadurai espouses as an instance of progressive social activism in housing being complicit in the World Bank’s agenda for re-developing Mumbai.

The University of Chicago Press. Archived PDF from the original on 10 May Appadurai dusjuncture on… well lots of things but, to take an example that crops up more than once in his work, south asian taxi drivers in New York listening to cassette tapes of sermons from south asia.

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Inhe was awarded an honorary doctorate Erasmus University in the Netherlands. Furthermore, Appadurai argues that fear of cultural invasion is not limited only to Americanization but rather to every situation in which elements from one culture penetrate another.


In “technoscape” Appadurai addresses the growing spread of technology. I would like to hear more about your discontentedness, please. Ad post GlobalizationHistory of AnthropologyTheory. In the case of arts and science students, the usual openings—teaching, research…—are quite different in kind.

But I think your concern about the politico-epistemological validity of globalism qnd is a valid one. Newer Post Older Post Home. I began to ask myself: Are these projects anthropology?

A clever differnece of theorizing, with the right buzzwords and bows and obeisances a. Thanks for this, John! Key theories Actor—network theory Alliance theory Cross-cultural studies Cultural materialism Culture theory Diffusionism Feminism Historical particularism Boasian anthropology Functionalism Interpretive Performance studies Political economy Practice theory Structuralism Post-structuralism Systems theory.

The people who make the call are looking for papers in refereed journals. I thought, for example, of friends who do Chinese history, for whom extending their research means tackling a bunch of new texts, texts that may only be available if they have the time and money to travel to the relevant archives. In support of his claim that new area studies must go beyond static geographies of land masses to focus on circulatory processes, Appadurai pointed to new forms of transnational activism, and what he called the galactic expansion of groups allying with others.

And that is not differencf with me. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately abd, especially if potentially libelous or harmful.