4 The imagined community of Maa Tujhe Salaam

The global and the local in the postcolonial

Rangan Chakravarty

 

 

Though the word ‘global’ is over 400 years old, the use of such words as ‘globalisation’ only began in the 1960s. By the 1990s, globalisation developed into ‘a key idea by which we understand the transition of human society into the third millennium’ (Waters 1995: 1). According to McGrew, ‘[d]uring the 1980s, the concept of globalisation began to permeate a diverse body of literatures within the social sciences’. This was spurred by contemporary developments across the world, underpinning ‘the multiplicity of linkages and interconnections that transcend the nation-states (and by implication the societies) which make up the modern world ...

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