An Everyday Geography of the Global South by Jonathan Rigg

By Jonathan Rigg

Taking a huge viewpoint of livelihoods, this ebook attracts on extra than ninety case reports from thirty-six nations throughout Asia, Africa and Latin the USA to check how individuals are enticing and dwelling with modernity. This extends from alterations 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 good points of life, and the way aspirations and expectancies are being transformed less than the impression of modernization. so far, this is the only book which takes such an method of construction an knowing of the worldwide South. by utilizing the event of the non-Western international to light up and tell mainstream debates in geography, and in starting from the lived reports of ‘ordinary’ humans, this book provides another perception right into a diversity of geographical debates. The readability of argument and its use of specified case experiences makes this ebook a useful source for college kids.

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If we are to pare the space/place dichotomy down to the bone, then space is abstract and place is grounded or, as Taylor (1999: 10) says, space is everywhere, while place is somewhere. The challenge for humanity, Taylor seems to be saying in his article, is to ensure that the 22 What’s with the everyday? disenabling and anonymous ‘spaces’ of globalisation are made into secure, intimate and enabling ‘places’. Writing of eco-localism, Curtis (2004) comments on the importance of locality and place in the following terms: In eco-localism, ‘place matters’.

Responding to these challenges, Amin makes a case for a ‘non-scalar’ interpretation of contemporary globalisation: My principal claim has been that the growing routinisation of global network practices – manifest through mobility and connectivity – signals a perforation of scalar and territorial forms of social organisation. This subverts . . traditional spatial distinctions between the local as near, everyday, and ‘ours’, and the global as distant, institutionalised, or ‘theirs’. (Amin 2002: 395) So, for Amin, globalisation does not mean that one scale is becoming privileged over another (global over local) and, in the process, more powerful, but that the links, networks, What’s with the everyday?

Many, perhaps the majority, of geographers have never felt the need to pursue a global view as they become bogged down by their particular empirical minutiae or abstract theory. Hence the common concern that somewhere in its history Geography lost its ‘geo’. Peter Taylor 1993: 181 and 194 Ron Johnston 1985: 443 and 458 travel, that their global geographies are partial and that developments in the core are interdependent with the periphery. . I think that we lack a truly ‘global’ economic geography.

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