How Histories make Geographies

  • Arjun Appadurai (Author)

    Arjun Appadurai is Goddard Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. He is a socio-cultural anthropologist and specializes in globalization, public culture, and urban studies.

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Cultural objects move with increasing speed across regional and national boundaries resulting in an ever faster, volatile traffic in commodities, styles and information. This essay explores the resulting global cultural flows and networks that develop in these accelerated circumstances, creating often worrisome dynamics on a global and local level. The aim is to prepare the grounds for a new methodology that considers “the circulation of forms and the forms of circulation.” Such a methodology, which is based on the argument that histories shape geographies and not vice versa, is needed for a fruitful discussion of the conflicts and connections between the various "scapes" and forces.


Academic discipline and sub-disciplines
anthropology, cultural history, Geography, Political science, history
globalization, flows, circuits, nation, alterity, locality
How to Cite
Appadurai, A. (2010). How Histories make Geographies. The Journal of Transcultural Studies, 1(1), 4–13.