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Globalization is a central topic in anthropology and allied fields, including sociology, political science, geography, cultural and media studies, education, and law. The term came to prominence in both scholarly and public discourse in the late 1980s and 1990s to denote a twofold shift: first, the intensification and deepening of supranational, transregional (and ostensibly “global”) connections in the realms of finance, trade, media, and activist organizing and, second, a qualitative shift in popular consciousness about inhabiting an interconnected, interdependent, or “global” world. While many anthropologists have positioned themselves critically with regard to more generalizing, celebratory, or technologically determinist accounts of “global flows,” their commitment to long‐term fieldwork has enabled them to make seminal contributions to understanding dynamics of connectivity and exclusion, as well as to illuminate how and why “the global” as an idea or ideology has become socially and politically resonant at a particular historical juncture.

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe International Encyclopedia of Anthropology
EditorsHilary Callan
Place of PublicationNew Jersey
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd
Publication statusPublished - 5 Sep 2018