The Local and the Global: The Anthropology of Globalization and Transnationalism

Annual Review of Anthropology

Vol. 24:547-565 (Volume publication date October 1995)


This review examines current anthropological literature concerned with migration and other forms of population movement, and with the movement of information, symbols, capital, and commodities in global and transnational spaces. Special attention is given to the significance of contemporary increases in the volume and velocity of such flows for the dynamics of communities and for the identity of their members. Also examined are innovations in anthropological theory and forms of representation that are responses to such nonlocal contexts and influences.