Although it is not required reading, you may also want to read chapter 1 of Arjun Appadurai’s book, Modernity at Large. In order to understand his arguments in chapter 2 (the required reading), it is helpful to look at a few points from the first chapter such as:
- the distinction between fantasy and the work of the imagination;
- the importance of media and migration as forces shaping and driving global processes;
- the significance of the imagined self and imagined worlds;
- the understanding of the concept “modernity” as it is deployed in the text;
- the cultural forms and practices associated with “communities of sentiment” and “diasporic public spheres”; and
- the argument that we should shift from thinking culture (in its noun form) to cultural (as the adjective form).