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How Histories make Geographies

Appadurai, Arjun

In: Transcultural Studies, 1 (2010), pp. 4-13

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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.

Document type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Transcultural Studies
Volume: 1
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2011 13:34
Date: 2010
Page Range: pp. 4-13
Faculties / Institutes: Service facilities > Exzellenzcluster Asia and Europe in a Global Context
DDC-classification: 950 General history of Asia Far East
Uncontrolled Keywords: anthropology; cultural history; Geography; Political science; history, globalization; flows; circuits; nation; alterity; locality
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