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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.

Cosmopolitanism, Diaspora and Global Reflexivity
Cosmopolitanism, diaspora and global reflexivity

Over the past decade interest in cosmopolitanism has mushroomed across the social sciences and humanities (see for example Cheah and Robbins 1998; Vertovec and Cohen 2003; Theory, Culture and Society 2000; Public Culture 2000). In the hands of writers such as David Held (1995), Ulf Hannerz (1996), Ulrich Beck (2002), Bryan Turner (2002), Turner and Rojek (2001) and John Urry (2000), cosmopolitanism is seen as intrinsically related to globalisation and holds out the promise of ‘an orientation, a willingness to engage with the other’ (Hannerz 1996: 103). It has been seen as an emergent cultural form offering the potential for a new kind of tolerance based upon pluralism, dialogue and a recognition of difference. We currently, ...

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