How are global forces impacting on local lifestyles? Where does the personal stand in relation to globalization? Global Forces and Local Life-Worlds explores these questions using a mixture of sociological and anthropological analysis and case study methods. Demonstrating the tensions between retaining cultural integrity in the face of the levelling processes associated with modernity, this book: locates the problems of globalization and localization in the appropriate anthropological and sociological dimensions; examines the relationship between culture and identity; and explores the varieties of modernity.
Chapter 8: Knowledge between Globalization and Localization: The Dynamics of Female Spaces in Ghana
Current debates in sociology claim that knowledge is an important or even the major factor for present and future social change. Studies such as those on knowledge production in science in the western world (Knorr-Cetina, 1999) or on the production of expert knowledge in non-western countries (Evers, 1999) speak about a worldwide transition process towards knowledge societies. Evolution and entry into these societies become a global phenomenon which cannot easily be addressed in the ongoing expansion of new information and communication technology and the growing access to information in southern countries. The contemporary process can be described as a social and political ...