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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.

Mediacapes in the Mediation of the Local and the Global
Mediacapes in the mediation of the local and the global

The significance of the media for undermining place-bound social relationships has been emphasised by numerous theorists who make much of the capacities of the media to transmit information rapidly over vast distances as a key globalising force (Meyrowitz 1985; Giddens 1990; Castells 1996a, 1997; Lash 2002). Some accounts go so far as to suggest that contemporary social life is media life (see Baudrillard 1988). Held et al. (1999: 363), in their careful survey argue that there has been marked ‘cultural globalisation’, as a result of ‘a series of decisive shifts in the geographical scale, immediacy and speed of cultural interaction and communications’. Yet, despite these claims, ...

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