New PDF release: An Everyday Geography of the Global South

By Jonathan Rigg

ISBN-10: 0203967577

ISBN-13: 9780203967577

ISBN-10: 0415376084

ISBN-13: 9780415376082

Taking a vast point of view of livelihoods, this booklet attracts on extra than ninety case reviews from thirty-six international locations throughout Asia, Africa and Latin the United States to ascertain how everyone is attractive and residing with modernity. This extends from adjustments within the ways in which families function, to how and why humans tackle new paintings and procure new abilities, how migration and mobility have develop into more and more universal beneficial properties of lifestyles, and the way aspirations and expectancies are being transformed less than the impact of modernization. to this point, this is the only book which takes such an method of construction an realizing of the worldwide South. through the use of the event of the non-Western global to light up and tell mainstream debates in geography, and in starting from the lived reviews of ‘ordinary’ humans, this book provides an alternate perception right into a diversity of geographical debates. The readability of argument and its use of specified case stories makes this publication a useful source for college students.

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To set these out in summary: • • • Globalisation operates at all scales. It is not that the global is in the process of erasing the local, but that globalisation processes can be seen operating at the local scale (and at all other scales up to the global). Globalisation does not, therefore, lead to eradication, but transformation. Globalisation, scale and the straitjacket of the local/global binary can be partially reconciled if ‘rather than viewing the local and global, or place and space, as distinct scales, they [are] instead seen as “nested”’ (Kelly 1999c: 153).

The local, in this way, becomes a project rather than a fact. More widely, there is a strong case for arguing that globalisation is always implicated and embedded in the cultural and historical context of a place, a community, a household and an individual. It becomes inevitably particularised. Thus, for example, women’s incorporation into the global labour force in the context of factory work is moulded both by the forces of economic restructuring driven by the New International Division of Labour and by place-based geographies which are culturally and historically as well as geographically contingent (see, for an example, Silvey 2003).

Recyclers are often drawn from particular villages around Hanoi and specialise in recycling certain products Starting with, or privileging, the local and the everyday is important not only because it highlights the explanatory distance separating macroscopic and microscopic interpretations, but also because it forces a consideration of human agency. And when human agency enters the explanatory fabric, contingency, serendipity and personality do so too. Global perspectives have been criticised for their ‘abrogation of agency’ (Ley 2004: 154) with a resultant tyranny of process that leaves little space for difference.

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