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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.

Suburbia and the Aura of Place
Suburbia and the aura of place

Stereotypes of contemporary suburban life invoke the idea of detachment and an instrumental relationship with place. Classic studies of middle-class migrants, from C. Wright Mills (1951) and W.H. Whyte (1957) in post-war America, to Colin Bell (1968) and Ray and Jan Pahl (1971) in Britain, evoke the idea of the rootless, mobile, and instrumental suburbanites. In more recent American studies, such as that of Bellah et al. (1996) and Baumgartner (1991), suburban life is seen as entailing morally distant relations with neighbours and a retreat from developed modes of civic engagement. Mike Davis invokes the suburban communities of Los Angeles as invoking new kinds of privatised withdrawl, a tendency most manifest in the spread ...

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