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Grounding theories of place and globalisation

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posted on 23.10.2014 by Marco Antonsich
In the 1990s, under the perception of increasing transformations brought about by globalization, scholars started investigating what happened to the notion of place. Among others, the views of Manuel Castells, Robert Sack, and Doreen Massey contributed to construct an opposition between a parochial, bounded, and reactionary notion of place versus a global, unbounded, and relation one. This latter view, under the label of ‘progressive sense of place’, has since become a dominant paradigm in geography. The present article aims to ground these theoretical arguments in relation to how people understand place today. Qualitative empirical information collected in four different regional contexts in Western Europe confirms the discursive existence of the above opposition. Yet, it also challenges the ways in which notions of thickness/thinness and bounded-ness/unbounded-ness relate to the regressive or progressive character of place.

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  • Social Sciences

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  • Geography and Environment

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Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie

Volume

102

Issue

3

Pages

331 - 345

Citation

ANTONSICH, M., 2011. Grounding theories of place and globalisation. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 102 (3), pp.331-345.

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Blackwell Publishing Ltd (Article © The Author / Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie © 2010 Royal Dutch Geographical Society KNAG)

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SMUR (Submitted Manuscript Under Review)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2011

Notes

This is the submitted version of the article, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9663.2010.00614.x

ISSN

0040-747X

eISSN

1467-9663

Language

en

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