Ethnoscapes is the movement of people with the advent of readily available and more affordable transportation. Mediascape is the movement. PDF | Ethnoscape is a term coined by Arjun Appadurai in his essay “Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy” . One of five such terms. ethnoscapes, mediascapes, and ideoscapes, among the five di (Appadurai, ), there has been a significant growth between South Korea and China.


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Finanscapes, which subordinate local states to global financial power, undermine local ideoscapes and states. Mediascapes of appadurai ethnoscapes sometimes overwhelm national political ideoscapes. New wars link mediascapes such as violent movies to aspirations for imaginary community.

Ethnoscapes slip through borders and between states. An anomaly of appadurai ethnoscapes current period is that senses of primordial belonging to particular places have been globalised. They are now spread through diasporic groups.

Money, commodities and people chase each other all over the world seeking new combinations.

Also, the primacy of production in Marxist theory no longer holds. Production has been supplemented by a fetishism of the consumer. Indeed, production appadurai ethnoscapes itself become a kind of fetish, concealing subordination to global flows behind local control of production.

Consumption similarly creates illusions of agency and control which conceal global power. appadurai ethnoscapes

The consumer is at most a chooser, but appears to be an actor or creator through illusions spread by advertising. Nations and states are closely related, but contested between groups with ideas appadurai ethnoscapes nationhood who seek to capture states, and states who seek to capture ideas of nationhood.

Appadurai believes the relation between nation and state is now disjunctive, and nations and states are appadurai ethnoscapes constant conflict.

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States have to let in hostile ideas to become open to global flows. Too much entry of global forces and they are threatened by revolt; too little and they exit the global field.

Torture, ethnocide, refugee flows and ethnic pogroms are among the negative effects. Positive effects include expanded appadurai ethnoscapes of aspirations, the spread of appadurai ethnoscapes technologies such as healthcare, pressures on states from global public opinion, and transnational social movement alliances.

In this book, he argues that globalisation has led to a proliferation of local hatreds and genocidal impulses. He rejects the standard argument that ethnic and religious identities emerge in reaction to globalisation, to defend local sites.

Rather, he argues that the same processes producing global power also produce these kinds of effects. Appadurai believes there is a virtually worldwide impulse towards genocide and violence against minorities, with fear serving as appadurai ethnoscapes basis for campaigns of appadurai ethnoscapes violence.

States and national in-groups are viewed as the main bearers of a vertebrate form.


The state seeks to maintain this trunk in a context where it is increasingly interconnected with cellular forms of global economics. The fear of cellular opposition groups, appadurai ethnoscapes as terrorists, provides an excuse for state intrusion into civil society.

Appadurai ethnoscapes state pursues a kind of war in everyday life against cellular power-structures.


Appadurai thus creates a sense of a global social war between state forces and networked social forces. The work sets out to explain why small minorities are appadurai ethnoscapes targeted for violence and hatred. He argues that it is, on the surface, mysterious that small, weak groups can appadurai ethnoscapes the target of anger when they are relatively harmless.