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Overview

Globalisation brings distant places close to our everyday lives. Geographies of Globalisation explores the geographies of proximity and distance that shape globalisation, and considers the politics of responsibility that it brings.

It examines globalisation in terms of:

economy - patterns of trade, work and finance

politics - political institutions and the role of political campaigns

technology - how technologies are networking the world

migration - the dynamics of mobility.

The book explains how the geographies of globalisation - the ways in which things are brought closer together or kept apart - are critical to our understanding of how globalisation works now, and how we respond to its demands. Thinking geographically is a necessary part of understanding globalisation.

Including key readings, summary boxes, activities, and illustrative case-study material throughout, Geographies of Globalisation is essential reading for all students starting out in human geography.

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Meet the Author

Clive Barnett works on the geographies of democracy and public life. He is author and editor of books and scholarly articles on colonial and postcolonial discourses, critical theory and the public sphere, political philosophy, popular media cultures, poststructuralism, and social movements. This includes empirical research on the UK, South Africa, USA, and Europe. His current research focuses on emergent forms of public action and their implications for understandings of democracy. Clive is a member of the OpenSpace Research Centre, and is Co-Director of the Publics Research Programme in the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG) in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the OU. He is also a Member of the Open University's Ethics Centre.

Current research builds on my book, Ordinary Cities: Between Modernity and Development (Routledge, 2006) which develops a postcolonial critique of urban studies, presenting resources for cutting across the thinking which has divided understandings of Western and Third World Cities. I argue against perspectives which categorize cities as Global, Third World, Mega, African etc. and suggest instead an attentiveness to the diverse trajectories of 'ordinary cities'. This work has strong implications for the practices of urban studies internationally, and invites a regrounding of comparative urbanism in rigorous practices able to encompass both wealthier and poorer cities so as to generate approaches to understanding cities which are properly international. Future plans include an empirical project to exemplify comparative methods incorporating wealthier and poorer cities, taking as the object of study the ubiquitous technology of developing city strategies and visions. This will also enable an investigation of the international circulation of urban policy to understand how policy arrives in and is adopted or adapted in different localities. The research will press an engagement with analyses of neoliberalism in urban studies to incorporate perspectives from cities in poorer contexts. It contributes to conceptualisations of the spatialities of circulation, reflecting my wider interests in general theoretical accounts of space.

Previous research has centred on the relationship between power and space, specifically in cities and mostly in relation to South African politics. For example, I have written on the 1936 Empire Exhibition in Johannesburg to explore spaces of racial interaction in South African cities. I have also written on issues in feminist politics, including questions of difference and methodology, and more recently on the implications of Julia Kristeva's psychoanalytic writing for feminist theorizations of space. More broadly, I have explored ways of postcolonializing the theoretical and empirical practices of Geography.

My research interests lie broadly within the field of visual culture. I'm interested in visuality as a kind of practice, done by human subjects in collaboration with different kinds of objects and technologies.

Monica Degen, Clare Melhuish and I are starting a new ESRC-funded project in autumn 2011. Architectural atmospheres, branding and the social: the role of digital visualizing technologies in contemporary architectural practice is a two-year ethnographic study of how digital visualizing technologies are being used by architects in two large studios in London, both as part of their design process but also as a way of taking their designs through the planning process.

Other work is extending my interest in subjectivities, space and visual practices by exploring experiences of designed urban spaces. I have completed the ESRC-funded project Urban aesthetics: a comparison of experiences in Milton Keynes and Bedford town centres (ESRC grant number RES-062-23-0223) with Dr Monica Degen at Brunel University, in which we compared how people experienced two rather different town centres: Milton Keynes and Bedford. Find more information about the project on the Urban Experience website.

The long-term project Doing Family Photography: The Domestic, The Public and The Politics of Sentiment resulted in a book from Ashgate Press in 2010. I've approached family snaps by thinking of them as objects embedded in a wide range of practices. I've been interviewing women with young children about their photos for a long time, and more recently I've looked at the politics and ethics of family snaps moving into more public arenas of display when the people they picture are the victims of violence. The book explores the different 'politics of sentiment' in which family snaps participate in both their domestic spaces in the public space of the contemporary mass media.

I'm also interested in more innovative ways to produce social science research, especially using visual materials. I was involved in organising the ESRC Seminar Series 'Visual Dialogues: New Agendas in Inequalities Research' (2010-2012). Please visit the Visual Dialogues project website for more details.

I'm a member of the OpenSpace Research Centre.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Jennifer Robinson Robinson, Jennifer Gillain Rose Rose, Gillain Clive Barnett Barnett, Clive 1

Ch. 1 Claiming connections: a distant world of sweatshops? John Allen Allen, John 7

Ch. 2 Media and communication in a globalised world Roger Silverstone Silverstone, Roger 55

Ch. 3 Reaching out: the demands of citizenship in a globalised world Clive Barnett Barnett, Clive 103

Ch. 4 A place in the world: geographies of belonging Karim Murji Murji, Karim 151

Ch. 5 Envisioning demands: photographs, families and strangers Gillian Rose Rose, Gillian 189

Ch. 6 A haunted world: the unsettling demands of a globalised past Steve Pile Pile, Steve 237

Ch. 7 Making the past present: historical wrongs and demands for reparation David Lambert Lambert, David 289

Ch. 8 The geopolitics of intervention: presence and power in global politics Jennifer Robinson Robinson, Jennifer 335

Conclusion Clive Barnett Barnett, Clive Jennifer Robinson Robinson, Jennifer Gillian Rose Rose, Gillian 389

Acknowledgements 397

Index 403

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