Gregory S. Gullette

in Anthropology

ISBN: 9780199766567
Published online January 2012 | | DOI:

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In effect, globalization is the development and proliferation of complex, interdependent international connections created through the movement of capital, natural resources, information, culture, and people across national borders. This includes the social and cultural resistances and receptions to these varied movements. The marked increase in anthropological and allied disciplines research that either specifically examines and unpacks the idea of globalization, or uses the structural and theoretical components to examine particular case studies, has largely transformed globalization into a ubiquitous framework or concept. As a result, globalization is naturalized for many—something that inevitably exists and does so in particular forms. Much of the work that anthropologists conduct within globalization studies informs, and is informed by, research in fields such as economics, sociology, and human geography, to name a few. Extensive intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary networks are characteristic of anthropological research in globalization. As this bibliographic source demonstrates, the actual areas of study and the processes that constitute globalization (e.g., migration, tourism, neoliberalism, identity formation, urban planning and development) are not clearly demarcated from other research areas, nor are they taken up unproblematically by anthropologists. Debate often centers on how to define the field of study and determine what (transnational) processes form the foundation of globalization. Additionally, anthropologists debate globalization’s heuristic relevance in research and the value of particular theoretical frameworks when determining its contours and effects on social, political, economic, and environmental systems.

Article.  9297 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology ; Human Evolution ; Medical Anthropology ; Physical Anthropology ; Social and Cultural Anthropology

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