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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.

The Ambivalence of Urban Identity: ‘Manchester, So Much to Answer for’
The ambivalence of urban identity: ‘Manchester, so much to answer for’

By 2005, for the first time ever, the majority of the world's population is expected to live in cities, yet the prospect for urban life is subject to intense debate. One influential school has argued that cities are becoming fractured through suburbanisation and the decentralisation of employment the rise of networked technologies which depend less on physical proximity, and the privatisation of urban public space (Sennett 1998). Los Angeles is often seen as the template for this kind of ‘post-modern urbanism’ (Davis 1984; Soja 1989; Dear 2000). Such spaces are the basis for an urban sociology premised on the significance of mobility and networks, ...

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