Rather than assume that media technology is inherently global in its form, we should ask how it came to be regarded as such. This essay argues that the historical origins of the media are specifically North American. While their physical reach may be global, our understanding of the media’s relation to globalization will retain the influence of its provincial origin unless we bring it into view as a problem.
Putting America in Its Place
Arvind Rajagopal teaches at New York University. His book Politics after Television (2001) won the Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Prize from the Association for Asian Studies in 2003. He has won awards from the MacArthur and Rockefeller Foundations and has also been a member in the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. His book After Decolonization: The Cultural Politics of Globalization in India is under contract with Duke University Press. Arvind Rajagopal by David Hawxhurst, Woodrow Wilson Center
Arvind Rajagopal; Putting America in Its Place. Public Culture 1 September 2013; 25 (3 (71)): 387–399. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/08992363-2144679
Download citation file: