In the essay that follows, I shall be concerned with the genealogy of an idea. But before I put forward this genealogy, I need to make two preliminary arguments. The first involves the anthropological construction of natives. The second involves a defense of one kind of intellectual history. (Appadurai, 36)
About the Author
Dr. Appadurai is a Professor of Media, Culture, and Communicaion at New York University. Dr. Appadurai is a prominent contemporary social-cultural anthropologist, having formerly served as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at The New School in NYC. He has held various professorial chairs and visiting appointments at some of top institutions in the United States and Europe. In addition, he has served on several scholarly and advisory bodies in the United States, Latin America, Europe and India. Dr. Appadurai is a prolific writer having authored numerous books and scholarly articles. The nature and significance of his contributions throughout his academic career have earned him the reputation as a leading figure in his field.