This book explores how discourses of the local, the particular, the everyday, and the situated are being transformed by new discourses of globalization and transnationalism, as used both by government and business and in critical academic discourse. Unlike other studies that have focused on the politics and economics of globalization, Articulating the Global and the Local highlights the importance of culture and provides models for a cultural studies that addresses globalization and the dialectic of local and global forces. Arguing for the inseparability of global and local analysis, the book demonstrates how global forces enter into local situations and how in turn global relations are articulated through local events, identities, and cultures; it includes studies of a wide range of cultural forms including sports, poetry, pedagogy, ecology, dance, cities, and democracy. Articulating the Global and the Local makes the ambitious claim that the category of the local transforms the debate about globalization by redefining what counts as global culture. Central to the essays are the new global and translocal cultures and identities created by the diasporic processes of colonialism and decolonization. The essays explore a variety of local, national, and transnational contexts with particular attention to race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality as categories that force us to rethink globalization itself.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Thinking Global and Local -- Theorizing the Global and the Local -- Collective Identity and the Democratic Nation-State in the Age of Globalization -- Looking for Globality in Los Angeles -- The (Trans)National Basketball Association: American Commodity-Sign Culture and Global-Local Conjuncturalism -- The Politics of Corporate Ecological Restorations: Comparing Global and Local North American Contexts -- Cultural Studies and the Locations of Culture -- Of Heccéités and Ritournelles: Movement and Affect in the Cajun Dance Arena -- Cosmopolitanism and Communion: Renegotiating Relations in Sara Suleri’s Meatless Days -- In the Name of Audre Lorde: The Location of Poetry in the United States -- Translocal Connections -- Translating Resistance -- License to Feel: Teaching in the Context of War(s) -- Nationalism and Internationalism: Domestic Differences in a Postcolonial World