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local-global dialectic

  An understanding of the processes of globalization as the interaction between global processes and local circumstances. There are three possible accounts. On one, global processes leave their footprints on places, allowing these little choice but either to fall into line or be stamped out. On another, local places \'turn\' global processes; particularly popular in cultural accounts, this notion of the global-local dialectic sees the world as such a diverse place that global processes can only obtain a purchase by fitting in with local cultures. Finally, between these two views, is one which argues for a process of \'glocalization\', a complex interaction between globalizing and localizing tendencies. Usually left hanging in all these accounts is what is actually meant by the terms \'local\' and \'global\'. (NJT)

References Amin, A. and Thrift, N.J., eds, 1994: Globalization, institutions and regional development in Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Cox, K., ed., 1997: Spaces of globalisation: reasserting the power of the local. New York: Guilford. Daniels, P. and Lever, W., eds, 1996: The global economy in transition. Harlow: Longman. Herod, A., O\'Tuathail, G. and Roberts, S., eds, 1998: Unruly world? globalisation, governance and geography. London: Routledge.



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