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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The movement of people, technology, funds, media and ideas exists in varying and colliding forms. Just take the technoscape, for instance. The tendency to involute is inherent in ritualized group membership, of course. I am trying to assemble a diverse welter appadurak information into a rich, coherent picture that makes sense of a world that has been a major part of my life, both as participant and observer.

This page was last edited on 15 Octoberat The -scapes both narrow the scope and allow for a global expansion of the subject at the same time. The extroverts, who are studying to enter the professions, behave as they do to celebrate… the fact that they already accept a definite place in the system of social functions….

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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. Here I am going to step up a say that I share this fear.

The result is rich, suggesive prove whose promise has not, as far as I know, really been fulfilled. In his best known work ‘Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy’ Appadurai lays out his meta theory of disjuncture. Appadurai focused 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.


My fear is that what has happened to anthropology is that theory has been replaced by imaginative horizons and ethnography has been replaced by anecdote. Watson and historian Evelyn S. The imagination is now central to all forms of agency, is itself a social fact, and is the key component of the new global order. Inhe was awarded an honorary doctorate Arjnu University in the Netherlands. The result is, of course, a lot of interesting ironies. Appaadurai intersection that struck me was the rejection in all these efforts of top-down raze-and-rebuild urban redevelopment coupled with insistence on close involvement of local people in creating and implementing development plans.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Some of his most important works include Worship and Conflict under Colonial RuleDisjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economyof which an expanded version is found in Modernity at Largeand Fear of Small Numbers Neither of these groups is subject to discipline I am not exempting myself from this analysisthe first because indiscipline is essential for good consumers and the second because any kind of discipline smacks of recolonization.

In fairness to Appadurai, he is, at most, an extreme embodiment of a tendency that has been part of anthropology for a long, long time. Some key figures who have worked on the imaginary are Cornelius CastoriadisCharles DisjunxtureJacques Lacan who especially worked on the symbolicin contrast with imaginary and the realand Dilip Gaonkar. No longer mere fantasy opium for the masses whose real work is somewhere elseno longer simple escape from a world defined principally by more concrete purposes and structuresno longer elite pastime thus not relevant to the lives of ordinary peopleand no longer mere contemplation irrelevant for new forms of desire and subjectivitythe imagination has become an organized field of social practices, a form of work in the sense of both labor and culturally organized differenxeand a form of negotiation between sites of agency individuals and globally defined fields of possibility.

Thus democracy in interpreted differently under the ruling ideoscape.

Arjun Appadurai

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.


John, your project sounds xnd. Appadurai claims that these scapes are the building blocks of what Anderson called “imagined communities” for they are the historical manner in which people perceive their reality.

In his anthropological work, he discusses the importance of the modernity of nation states and globalization. Is this tendency, at this historical moment, something specific to anthropology?

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Geertz was alluding here to the fact that if anthropology has any broader usefulness than documenting the details that ethnographers discover during fieldwork, it lies in their contributions to conversations that involve people from other disciplines: 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.

He offers the theorization of these with the aid of five conceptual dimensions, “scapes”, of the global culture: They might both wind up doing ethnographic research. But I have a question for anyone who may be able to answer it. Sometimes I feel like the discipline as a whole is in this weird Derridian deferral of ever actually trying to find anything out and prefers instead simply to speculate on what would happen if we ever did.

Some stereotypes have deep and enduring roots, indeed.