Arjun Appaduraiis Professor of Anthropology and Globalisation at the Hertie School in Berlin. He is also Paulette Goddard Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. He is an internationally recognised scholar of globalisation, the cultural dimensions of economic development, and struggles over national and transnational identity. He specialises in South Asia. Appadurai is the author of numerous books and articles on migration, transnational dynamics, sovereignty and media. The most recent is Banking on Words: The Failure of Language in the Age of Derivative Finance (University of Chicago, 2015).
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