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In recent years the process of globalisation has been identified as a main cause of economic, social, cultural and political change across the world (Robertson, 1992). Although there is fairly unanimous agreement within the social sciences that globalisation is a significant process shaping the world we live in, Rowe (2003) draws our attention to the fact that these processes and their apparent consequences are highly contested. He suggests that theories of globalisation span a wide spectrum of thought, best characterised at one end ‘as a technical term describing the greater economic, political, technological and communicative connectivity’, and at the other end of the spectrum as a process of transformation ‘systematically eroding locally specific structures and practices, and imminently ushering in a common global culture’ ...

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