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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.

Parenting, Education and Elective Belonging
Parenting, education and elective belonging

In the last chapter we identified how belonging is defined not as an attribute of being born and bred in a place, but when a chosen place of residence is congruent with one's life story. In this chapter we explore the role that mothering and child-rearing plays in this achievement of elective belonging. We show how mothering can become a means of both attaching women – and indirectly men – to place and a means of sedimenting different kinds of gendered cultures of place. We start by focusing on how the regional incomer mothers talk about the way that their children locate them, how they become a means for performing belonging. We show how this process ...

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