Arjun Appadurai

Arjun Appadurai is a world-leading socio-cultural anthropologist best known for his trail-blazing work on globalization. After holding professorial positions at Yale, Chicago, Pennsylvania and the New School, in 2008 he took up his current position as Goddard Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. From his early ethnographic work in southern India to his recent work on the cultural dynamics of globalization, he has woven together a dazzling command of social and anthropological theory with a remarkable ability to interpret and understand the symbolic resources of a wide range of practices, movements and cultural phenomena. These qualities have shone through in his writings on subjects ranging from gender and violence to exchange and colonialism, reaching their height in his renowned work on globalization, especially Modernity at Large, in which he has developed his ground-breaking theories of global cultural flows and the ‘social imaginary’. His books with Polity include Failure (with Neta Alexander) and Enlightenment and Colonization.