By Vered Amit

Spanning the interval from the overdue 19th to the early twenty-first centuries, The Biographical Dictionary of Social and Cultural Anthropology includes virtually 600 individually-signed entries from an international crew of participants and gives a huge, and engaging assessment of the historic and modern achieve of anthropological study.

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D. École Pratique des Hautes Études, 1976 17 Fieldwork Santa Fé, Argentina, February 1973–March 1974. Pichincha, Ecuador, April 1976–May 1977 Zambia, January-July 1981 Salcedo, Chimborazo and Azuay, Ecuador, July 1983–December 1983, 1986 Buenos Aires, Argentina, July-December 1984, January-August 1988, AugustDecember 1993, October-December 1994 Shorter fieldwork: Albertville, France, 1992; Lillehammer, Norway, 1994 Key Publications with Stølen, Kristi Anne (1975) Explotación familiar y acumulación de capital en el campo argentino (Family Farms and Capital Accumulation in Rural Argentina), Buenos Aires: Siglo XXI Editores.

In 1975 he was the first recipient of the Malinowski Award granted by the International Society for Applied Anthropology His ideas were harshly criticised by the new indigenous movements that emerged after 1970 and by his younger, more radical colleagues, but he never ceased to defend them on the basis of research and fresh arguments. Education Doctor of Medicine, National University of Mexico, 1931 Graduate Diploma (Anthropology), North-western University, 1946 Fieldwork Huatusco (Veracruz), Mexico, 1932–40 Cuijla (Guerrero), Mexico, 1942–3, 1954 The Chiapas Highlands, Mexico, 1950–1 Tarascan Sierra, Mexico, 1951–2 Tarahumaran Sierra, Mexico, 1952 The Papaloapan Basin, Mexico, 1957–9 Sierra of Zongolica, Veracruz, Mexico, 1960 10 Key Publications (1946) La Población Negra de Mexico, 1519–1810.

An article first published in Public Culture in 1990, ‘Disjuncture and difference in the global cultural economy’, was subsequently refined and reprinted in several other venues, and became the cornerstone of Appadurai’s book, Modernity at Large (1996). The key concept introduced in that article was the topographic metaphor of ‘scapes’: ethnoscapes, finanscapes, mediascapes, technoscapes, and ideoscapes. Together, these provide a framework for making sense of the workings of transnational cultural flows, and a way of connecting the deterritorialising forces of globalisation with the situated production of specific localities.

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