Globalism, Localism, and Identity: Fresh Perspectives on the Transition to Sustainability

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Timothy O'Riordan
Earthscan Publications, 2001 - Business & Economics - 248 pages
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Global economic and social forces are affecting everyone, everywhere. However, their influence is shaped by local communities' interpretation of these forces and responses to them. Social identities provide a guide; they are the product of history, culture, economy, patterns of governance and degree of community cohesion. How the global and the local connect and reconfigure at various scales and through different cultures is explained in this forward-looking volume. The book's thesis, namely that localism is the crucial complement to globalism, is supported by a range of European case studies. Local responses to globalizing forces depend on the nature of the interlinkages in governance from international structures, through multilateral organizations to nation states, regions and localities, as these are mediated through social-local identity. The contributors draw on numerous themes in examining the interaction between the global and the local, such as decay and revitalization, local identity and empowerment, opportunism through sustainability and governance for the transition. This is a pioneering publication utilizing an innovative person-centred methodology. It makes an original and important contribution to the study of contemporary societies and is aimed at anyone interested in the social, economic, political, cultural and environmental implications of any move towards sustainability.

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Tim O'Riordan is Associate Director of the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment and Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia. He is an adviser to business and environment initiatives and is a member of the UK Sustainable Development Commission. His publications include Exotaxation (Earthscan, 1997), Interpreting the Precautionary Principle (Earthscan, 1994), the Transition to Sustainability (Earthscan, 1998) and Environmental Science for Environmental Management (Prentice-Hall, 2000).

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