Arjun Appadurai, the social-cultural anthropologist, was born in Bombay in 1949 and currently teaches at New York University. He is renowned as a leading expert in the cultural dimensions of globalization. His work has opened up cultural anthropology to the challenges of post-modern complexity. His research ranges from migrations to the technologies of mass communication, which he views as decisive in defining the notion of “modernity at large”. Some of his books now available in Italian are: Modernity at large (Raffaello Cortina Editore, 2012) and Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger (Meltemi Editore, 2005). Modernity at large, already considered a classic in social science, responds to the challenges of globalization by describing the world as a system of flows in which people, money, pictures, technologies and ideologies travel incessantly across the planet.

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