By Jonathan Rigg
Taking a vast point of view of livelihoods, this ebook attracts on extra than ninety case stories from thirty-six international locations throughout Asia, Africa and Latin the US to envision how everyone is enticing and dwelling with modernity. This extends from adjustments within the ways in which families function, to how and why humans tackle new paintings and obtain new talents, how migration and mobility have develop into more and more universal positive aspects of life, and the way aspirations and expectancies are being remodeled lower than the impact of modernization. to this point, this is the only book which takes such an method of development an knowing of the worldwide South. by utilizing the event of the non-Western global to light up and tell mainstream debates in geography, and in starting from the lived reports of ‘ordinary’ humans, this book provides an alternate perception right into a variety of geographical debates. The readability of argument and its use of designated case stories makes this e-book a useful source for college kids.
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2 The 2004 tsunami: the everyday effects of a global catastrophe The Indian Ocean tsunami of 26 December 2004 was a global event and, on some measures, the greatest environmental disaster of the previous hundred years. More than 220,000 people were killed in 12 countries across South Asia, South-east Asia and East Africa. 6 million people were displaced and it dominated news headlines across the globe for the first weeks of 2005. It is easy when events are of such magnitude to simply become overwhelmed by the figures.
Making space for the ‘everyday’ in an era of globalisation It is geography, perhaps, that is confronted by the potentially most destabilizing implications [of globalisation], for according to some commentators globalization is expunging local difference and hence the relevance of space and place. (Martin 2004: 148) The fears and expectation expressed in the quote above are well known: globalisation is leading inexorably to a borderless world where cultural homogenisation, media imperialism, transnational domination and economic integration are propelled and controlled by the expanding tendrils of information and communications networks, a global financial architecture, and an increasingly powerful phalanx of multilateral institutions.
Lam Kwong, a 57-year-old Chinese Singaporean educated in Mandarin exclaimed: ‘I’m not Chinese. I’m a Singaporean’ (Kong 1999: 576). What applies to people displaced from place like Lam Kwong and urban migrants in Bangladesh, is also relevant for those who remain spatially embedded. In setting out his discussion of social movements among Colombia’s Pacific coast black communities, Oslender (2004) says: ‘we must know the place where a particular movement emerges, where the people who form that movement live, and what it means to them living in this place’ (Oslender 2004: 958, emphasis in original).