An Everyday Geography of the Global South by Jonathan Rigg

By Jonathan Rigg

Taking a wide viewpoint of livelihoods, this ebook attracts on extra than ninety case reports from thirty-six international locations 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 obtain new talents, how migration and mobility have develop into more and more universal good points of life, and the way aspirations and expectancies are being remodeled below the effect of modernization. thus far, this is the only book which takes such an method of construction an realizing of the worldwide South. through the use of the event of the non-Western international to light up and tell mainstream debates in geography, and in starting from the lived studies of ‘ordinary’ humans, this book provides an alternate perception right into a diversity of geographical debates. The readability of argument and its use of precise case stories makes this e-book a useful source for college students.

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This is a reactionary viewpoint to hold. Place-based geographies are associated with regional geography and, as we all know, regional geography is just so yesterday. Worse still, regional geography smacks of colonial geographies, and colonial geographies of domination, control, and worse. This book is not, I hope, just a throwback to an earlier geography but an attempt to present a different and, to some degree, an alternative geography. It is different and alternative in three main senses. 1).

Much of the theorising and empirical research is based on the experiences of the United States, West Europe, and other countries in the core of the World economy. . Overall the globalisation debate is not nearly as ‘global’ as it probably should be. Richard Grant and Jan Nijman 2002: 320 Whereas I wavered on the existence of a core before moving to Asia in 1997, my time in Singapore has reinforced the view that this core exists, and that the network of actors and institutions that constitute it work vigorously to maintain their agenda setting powers.

Yet, by doing so, it sustains more disturbing conceits, more specifically the sense that the rest of the world is not worth knowing about. Alastair Bonnett 2003: 59–60 . . contemporary geographical scholarship has retreated into a theoreticism that has, perhaps ironically, played an important part in parochialising [geography]. . The assumed universalism of many theoretical claims within the discipline, usually developed . . in ignorance of the range of different social contexts to which they are assumed to apply.

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