Handbook on the Geographies of Globalization
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Handbook on the Geographies of Globalization

Edited by Robert C. Kloosterman, Virginie Mamadouh and Pieter Terhorst

Processes of globalization have changed the world in many, often fundamental, ways. Increasingly these processes are being debated and contested. This Handbook offers a timely, rich as well as critical panorama of these multifaceted processes with up-to-date chapters by renowned specialists from many countries. It comprises chapters on the historical background of globalization, different geographical perspectives (including world systems analysis and geopolitics), the geographies of flows (of people, goods and services, and capital), and the geographies of places (including global cities, clusters, port cities and the impact of climate change).
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Chapter 8: Globalization in cultural and media geographies

Soyoon Choo and Elizabeth Currid-Halkett

Abstract

This chapter will focus on the more contemporary cultural globalization (2000s and onwards), where there is ‘no historical equivalent’ of the global reach and volume of cultural traffic and the globalization of both cultural and media geographies reinforce the existence of each other at an ever-intimate level. In particular, it will look into the concept of globalization in these two geographic subfields in terms of the social aspects of cultural production, consumption, dissemination, and value creation. By going over the historical trajectories leading up to the twenty-first century cultural globalization and its spatiotemporal and organizational characteristics, it examines the symbiotic relationship between culture, media, and established/emerging ‘global cities’ through selected case studies. Their ever-more dynamic interactions play a crucial role in the ‘imaging’ and ‘imagining’ of place and what it means to be a ‘community’.

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