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'Globalization and Belonging's headline message - that place matters, that locality remains vital to people, is arresting' - Frank Webster, Professor of Sociology, City University, London Drawing on long-term empirical research into cultural practices, lifestyles and identities, Globalization and Belonging explores how far-reaching global changes are articulated locally. The authors address key sociological issues of stratification as analysis alongside 'cultural' issues of identity, difference, choice and lifestyle. Their original argument: " Shows how globalisation theory conceives of the 'local'" Reveals that people have a sense of elective belonging based on where they choose to put down roots " Suggests that the feel of a place is much more strongly influenced by the values and lifestyles of those migrating to it" reinvigorates debates in urban and community studies by recovering the 'local' as an intrinsic aspect of globalisationTheoretically rigorous, the book is brought to life with direct quotations from the authors' research, and appeals to students in urban sociology, urban geography, media studies and cultural studies.

Global Change and Local Belonging
Global change and local belonging

Over the past two centuries sociologists have frequently pronounced the end of local identities, and yet attachment to place remains remarkably obdurate. This obstinacy endures even though the terms of the sociological debate have changed radically in the past decade. The early social theorists Marx, Weber, Durkheim and Simmel argued that capitalist modernity shattered the personal bonds of face-to-face community (see generally, Kumar 1978) and their concern animated sociological reflection for much of the 20th Century. Yet, despite these prophetic accounts, many urban sociologists emphasised that community ties could be reconstructed even in a modern, complex world (see Gans 1962; Wellman 1979; Fischer 1982; Savage et al. 2002). Since the early 1990s, however, globalisation theorists have ...

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