Globalization in a Local Context - Perspectives and Concepts of Action in Africa : An Introduction

Typical shortages of the public debate on globalization are reflected in the academic discussion such as the distorting simplicity of catchwords like the "global village", "jihad vs. McWorld", the "new global age" or the assumption that globalization is a completely new phenomenon. However, the academic debate itself is still restricted. There are only few attempts to cover and analyze processes of globalization on a broader basis in all parts of the world: not only the "North", but also the "SoTypical shortages of the public debate on globalization are reflected in the academic discussion such as the distorting simplicity of catchwords like the "global village", "jihad vs. McWorld", the "new global age" or the assumption that globalization is a completely new phenomenon. However, the academic debate itself is still restricted. There are only few attempts to cover and analyze processes of globalization on a broader basis in all parts of the world: not only the "North", but also the "South". Despite the multi-centric character of the world, the analysis of processes of globalization has remained largely confined to the North, while events in Africa, for instance, are taken notice of only when they are of specific relevance to the North. This paper, which originally is the introduction to an edited book (published in German), tries to analyze these shortages and to present approaches which look at the processes of globalization from different and perhaps more "African" perspectives. However, this overview shows that it is still debated, whether established concepts of the globalization paradigm can be confirmed from an African perspective or whether they have to be revised or even rejected.show moreshow less

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Metadaten
Institutes:Facheinheit Ethnologie
Author: Roman Loimeier, Dieter Neubert, Cordula Weißköppel
Year of Completion:2005
Series (Volume number)Bayreuth African Studies Online (2)
SWD-Keyword:Afrika-Studien; Afrikaforschung; Entwicklungstheorie; Globalisierung; Lokales Wissen
Tag:Islam in Afrika; Kulturanthropolgie; Lokal; Lokales Handeln; Synkretisierung
African Studies; Globalization; Local Agency; global village; locality
Dewey Decimal Classification:390 Bräuche, Etikette, Folklore
RVK - Regensburg Classification:LB 57465
URN:urn:nbn:de:bvb:703-opus-1717
Document Type:Part of a Book
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):03.08.2005