Global Culture Individual Identity

Global Culture/Individual Identity focuses on three groups for whom the tension between a particular national culture and the global cultural supermarket is especially acute: Japanese artists, American religious seekers and Hong Kong ...

Global Culture Individual Identity

Most people still think of themselves as belonging to a particular culture. Yet today, many of us who live in affluent societies choose aspects of our lives from a global cultural supermarket, whether in terms of food, the arts or spiritual beliefs. So if roots are becoming simply one more consumer choice, can we still claim to possess a fundamental cultural identity? Global Culture/Individual Identity focuses on three groups for whom the tension between a particular national culture and the global cultural supermarket is especially acute: Japanese artists, American religious seekers and Hong Kong intellectuals after the handover to China. These ethnographic case studies form the basis for a theory of culture which we can all see reflected in our own lives. Gordon Mathews opens up the complex and debated topics of globalization, culture and identity in a clear and lively style.

Global Culture individual Identity

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Global Culture individual Identity

Gordon Mathews examines the complex and debated topics of globalization, culture and identity. The book should be of interest to social and cultural anthropologists and students.

Ghetto at the Center of the World

We come to understand the day-to-day realities of globalization through the stories of entrepreneurs from Africa carting cell phones in their luggage to sell back home and temporary workers from South Asia struggling to earn money to bring ...

Ghetto at the Center of the World

There is nowhere else in the world quite like Chungking Mansions, a dilapidated seventeen-story commercial and residential structure in the heart of Hong Kong’s tourist district. A remarkably motley group of people call the building home; Pakistani phone stall operators, Chinese guesthouse workers, Nepalese heroin addicts, Indonesian sex workers, and traders and asylum seekers from all over Asia and Africa live and work there—even backpacking tourists rent rooms. In short, it is possibly the most globalized spot on the planet. But as Ghetto at the Center of the World shows us, a trip to Chungking Mansions reveals a far less glamorous side of globalization. A world away from the gleaming headquarters of multinational corporations, Chungking Mansions is emblematic of the way globalization actually works for most of the world’s people. Gordon Mathews’s intimate portrayal of the building’s polyethnic residents lays bare their intricate connections to the international circulation of goods, money, and ideas. We come to understand the day-to-day realities of globalization through the stories of entrepreneurs from Africa carting cell phones in their luggage to sell back home and temporary workers from South Asia struggling to earn money to bring to their families. And we see that this so-called ghetto—which inspires fear in many of Hong Kong’s other residents, despite its low crime rate—is not a place of darkness and desperation but a beacon of hope. Gordon Mathews’s compendium of riveting stories enthralls and instructs in equal measure, making Ghetto at the Center of the World not just a fascinating tour of a singular place but also a peek into the future of life on our shrinking planet.

Pursuits of Happiness

This book, however, shows that the ethnographic examination of well-being--defined as "the optimal state for an individual, a community, and a society"--and the comparison of well-being within and across societies is a new and important ...

Pursuits of Happiness

Anthropology has long shied away from examining how human beings may lead happy and fulfilling lives. This book, however, shows that the ethnographic examination of well-being--defined as "the optimal state for an individual, a community, and a society"--and the comparison of well-being within and across societies is a new and important area for anthropological inquiry. Distinctly different in different places, but also reflecting our common humanity, well-being is intimately linked to the idea of happiness and its pursuits. Noted anthropological researchers have come together in this volume to examine well-being in a range of diverse ways and to investigate it in a range of settings: from the Peruvian Amazon, the Australian outback, and the Canadian north, to India, China, Indonesia, Japan, and the United States.

Intercultural Communication

Mathews, G. (2000) Global Culture/Individual Identity: Searching for Home in the Cultural Supermarket, London: Routledge, pp. 19–23 (extracts) The cultural supermarket bears some resemblance to its metaphorical root, the material ...

Intercultural Communication

'Intercultural Communication' introduces the key theories of intercultural communication and explores ways in which people communicate within and across social groups.

The Impact of Global English on Cultural Identities in the United Arab Emirates

Global Culture/Individual Identity: Searching for Home in the Cultural Supermarket. London: Routledge. McArthur, T. (2004). Is it world English or international English or global English, and does it matter? English Today, 20 (3), 3–5.

The Impact of Global English on Cultural Identities in the United Arab Emirates

This book provides a nuanced portrait of the complexities of the cultural and linguistic landscape in the United Arab Emirates, unpacking the ever shifting dynamics and attitudes between and about English and Arabic in the region in today’s era of superdiversity.// Employing a qualitative phenomenological approach which draws on a rich set of data from questionnaires and focus groups comprising both Emirati and expatriate students and teachers, Hopkyns problematizes the common binary East-West paradigm focused around the tension between the use of English and Arabic in the UAE. Key issues emerging from the resulting analysis include the differing attitudes toward English and in particular, English Medium Instruction, the impact of this tension on identity, and the ways in which the two languages are employed in distinct ways on an everyday scale. // The volume will be of particular interest to students and scholars interested in issues around language and identity, language policy and planning, multilingualism, translanguaging, and language and education.

Mountaineering Adventure Tourism and Local Communities

3.2.2 Cultural Supermarket The term 'cultural supermarket' was introduced by Hall (1992); however, the work Global Culture/Individual Identity: Searching for Home in the Cultural Supermarket by Mathews (2000) made it a permanent part of ...

Mountaineering Adventure Tourism and Local Communities

This timely book explores how hiking, trekking and climbing mountains, increasingly popular leisure activities, can stimulate change and create opportunities for sustainable development. Using empirical evidence from interviews held in the Himalayas combined with a theoretical grounding, it focuses on the socio-economic and environmental issues of the impact of mountaineering adventure tourism on local communities.

The World in Guangzhou

In The World in Guangzhou, Gordon Mathews explores the question of how the city became a center of “low-end globalization” and shows what we can learn from that experience about similar transformations elsewhere in the world.

The World in Guangzhou

Only decades ago, the population of Guangzhou was almost wholly Chinese. Today, it is a truly global city, a place where people from around the world go to make new lives, find themselves, or further their careers. A large number of these migrants are small-scale traders from Africa who deal in Chinese goods—often knockoffs or copies of high-end branded items—to send back to their home countries. In The World in Guangzhou, Gordon Mathews explores the question of how the city became a center of “low-end globalization” and shows what we can learn from that experience about similar transformations elsewhere in the world. Through detailed ethnographic portraits, Mathews reveals a world of globalization based on informality, reputation, and trust rather than on formal contracts. How, he asks, can such informal relationships emerge between two groups—Chinese and sub-Saharan Africans—that don't share a common language, culture, or religion? And what happens when Africans move beyond their status as temporary residents and begin to put down roots and establish families? Full of unforgettable characters, The World in Guangzhou presents a compelling account of globalization at ground level and offers a look into the future of urban life as transnational connections continue to remake cities around the world.

Encyclopedia of Global Studies

Global culture/individual identity: Searching for home in the cultural supermarket. London: Routledge. Nussbaum, M. (1996). Patriotism and cosmopolitanism. In J. Cohen (Ed.), For love of country: Debating the limits of patriotism (pp.

Encyclopedia of Global Studies

"With all entries followed by cross-references and further reading lists, this current resource is ideal for high school and college students looking for connecting ideas and additional sources on them. The work brings together the many facets of global studies into a solid reference tool and will help those developing and articulating an ideological perspective." — Library Journal The Encyclopedia of Global Studies is the reference work for the emerging field of global studies. It covers both transnational topics and intellectual approaches to the study of global themes, including the globalization of economies and technologies; the diaspora of cultures and dispersion of peoples; the transnational aspects of social and political change; the global impact of environmental, technological, and health changes; and the organizations and issues related to global civil society. Key Themes: • Global civil society • Global communications, transportation, technology • Global conflict and security • Global culture, media • Global demographic change • Global economic issues • Global environmental and energy issues • Global governance and world order • Global health and nutrition • Global historical antecedents • Global justice and legal issues • Global religions, beliefs, ideologies • Global studies • Identities in global society Readership: Students and academics in the fields of politics and international relations, international business, geography and environmental studies, sociology and cultural studies, and health.

Identity of Chinese Heritage Language Learners in a Global Era

Names and identities in the Hong Kong cultural supermarket. Dialectical Anthropology, 21(3), 399–419. Mathews, G. (2000). Global culture/ individual identity: Searching for home in the cultural supermarket.

Identity of Chinese Heritage Language Learners in a Global Era

Identity of Chinese Heritage Language Learners in a Global Era enriches the current research on heritage language (HL) learner identity by examining how identity is constructed, negotiated, and performed in the narratives of university Chinese HL (CHL) learners in Hong Kong. This monograph has identified three sub-categories of CHL learners: domestic-born Chinese, ‘third culture’ Chinese, and overseas Chinese sojourners. Through systematically examining these CHL learners’ life-history narratives about language learning, language use, and social experiences from early childhood to university time, this monograph shows how CHL learner identity is dynamically constructed and changed through self and social positioning across a wide range of spatio-temporal contexts. It also adopts investment, agency, and imagined communities to examine the shared discourses which reflect the relationship between identity and the larger social processes that involve transnational or postcolonial encounters. This monograph contributes to reflections on the emerging discourses of HL learner identity in the context of multilingualism and transnational migration. It challenges the stigmatised image of CHL learners as ‘diasporic subjects’ or ‘language minority students’ in the literature and conceptualises CHL learners as transformative linguistic and social actors in processes of transnational migration and institutional change. This monograph is targeted toward educators, researchers, and professionals working in the fields of heritage language, overseas Chinese studies, migrant studies, and intercultural studies.

Tourism Consumption and Representation

(1998) The Worlds of Japanese Popular Culture: Gender, Shifting Boundaries and Global Cultures. Cambridge University Press ... Mathews, G. (2000) Global Culture/Individual Identity: Searching for Home in the Cultural Supermarket.

Tourism Consumption and Representation

Drawing on recent theoretical development this book explores the interplay between the production and consumption of tourist space. Focusing on a number of themes such as age, gender, religion and sexual orientation, chapters critically examine how patterns of consumption are negotiated on an individual level.

Global Ambitions and Local Identities

“The Great Chain of Orientalism: Jewish Identity, Stigma Management, and Ethnic Exclusion in Israel. ... Global Culture/Individual Identity: Searching for Home in the Cultural Supermarket. London: Routledge. Mead, George Herbert. 1934.

Global Ambitions and Local Identities

Until recently, international mergers of companies have been seen as purely financial ventures without any concern for what they meant for the people involved. However, attitudes are gradually changing. This study of a successful Israeli high-tech company's merger with an American competitor offers an important contribution to a better understanding of the social and personal ramifications of mergers. Based upon in-depth fieldwork, the book explores the reality behind the statistics, balance sheets, and managerial prescriptions that are the focus of most studies of international mergers and acquisitions. Offering a richly detailed description of everyday work life, the author reveals the dramas of identity that unfold as a consequence of the company's attempts to redefine the boundaries of the organizational collective by adding to it people from another country. The book debunks many myths used to support arguments both for and against globalization and offers instead an in-depth depiction and a grounded assessment of its everyday realities.

Ethnicities and Global Multiculture

“Old linkages, new networks: the globalization of overseas Chinese voluntary associations and its implications,” China Quarterly, 155, 1998: 582—609 ... Global culture/individual identity: searching for home in the cultural supermarket.

Ethnicities and Global Multiculture

Arguing that ethnicity and multiculturalism are essential for understanding globalization, Jan Nederveen Pieterse offers one of the first sustained treatments of the reach of these key forces beyond a limited national context. He shows that multiethnicity preceded the nation-state by millennia; but argues that states, feeling the threat to their national identities, seek to control or suppress it. Contemporary multiculturalism, another attempt to regulate multiethnicity, is a work in progress in which dramas of global inequality are played out. This groundbreaking book adopts a kaleidoscopic and comparative-historical perspective that intertwines strands of social science and western and non-western research as a strategy to overcome the disciplinary and regional fragmentation of most discussions. Moving beyond worn notions of ethnicity and multiculturalism, Nederveen Pieterse proposes ethnicities and global multiculture as alternative, wide-angle perspectives on cultural diversity. Global multiculture, he convincingly demonstrates, offers a fresh account of layered cultural dynamics amid accelerated globalization.

The NTL Handbook of Organization Development and Change

Despite the globalization of economies and organizations, widespread myths exist about Asian cultures. ... In a scholarly work titled Global Culture/Individual Identity: Searching for Home in the Cultural Supermarket, ...

The NTL Handbook of Organization Development and Change

The NTL Handbook of Organization Development and Change is an essential tool for both practitioners and students who want to know how to effectively bring about meaningful and sustainable change in organizations. Featuring contributions from leading practitioners, academics, and scholars in the field, each chapter comprehensively explores a key aspect of organization development including core theories and methods, OD in the international and world setting, practical applications, the future of OD, and many others. Co-published with the NTL Institute, a long-time leader and champion for the field, The NTL Handbook of Organization Development and Change boasts an extensive range of knowledge, experience, and methods integrated by a philosophical system that underscores the vital mission of OD as well as provides expert guidance in the art and science of making organizational development and change work.

The Role of Place Identity in the Perception Understanding and Design of Built Environments

Global Culture/Individual Identity: searching for home in the cultural supermarket. Oxford: Routledge. McLuhan, M, & Fiore, Q. (1967). The Medium is the Massage. London: Allen Lane. McNeill, D. (2009). The Global Architect: firms, ...

The Role of Place Identity in the Perception  Understanding  and Design of Built Environments

"In an era of globalization, where the progressive deterioration of local values is a dominating characteristic, identity is seen as a fundamental need that encompasses all aspects of human life. One of these identities relates to place and the physical en"

Hong Kong Mobile

In In Search of Boundaries: Communication, Nation-States and Cultural Identities, edited by J. M. Chan and B. T. McIntyre. ... Gordon, M. Global Culture/Individual Identity: Searching for Home in the Cultural Supermarket.

Hong Kong Mobile

In this interdisciplinary study, the authors argue that Hong Kong should strengthen the mobility of its population. One country, two systems is a concept not uniquely reserved for post-1997 Hong Kong. Historically, the territory has thrived on being simultaneously part of China and the world. Flexible positioning at the margins has made it a node in the crossroads of empires, trading communities, industrial assembly lines, and now global finance, consumption and media. This essential characteristic, Hong Kong as a 'space of flow,' has always been the source of its success.The book shows that a porous border in fact has been maintained in the post-war years. Unique institutions developed over the century have absorbed waves of immigrants entering from China. However, the study warns that the population is now aging when compared with other world cities and China's fast growing urban centers. Only with a massive input of young, educated, and diverse human talents can Hong Kong remain a vibrant portal for the creative fusion of capital, goods, services, cultural horizons, aspirations and civic energies.

Reclaiming Culture

Many of his students in Hong Kong are seeking an identity that goes beyond their unchangeable attachment to the ... Mathews, Gordon, 2000, Global Culture/Individual Identity: Searching for Home in the Cultural Supermarket, ...

Reclaiming Culture

This book focuses on the renewal (or rekindling) of cultural identity, especially in populations previously considered 'extinct'. At the same time, Hendry sets out to explain the importance of ensuring the survival of these cultures. By drawing a fine and textured picture of these cultures, Hendry illuminates extraordinary diversity that was, at one point, seriously endangered, and explains why it should matter in today's world.

Mission to the World

63 By seeing culture as more open - ended , and with fuzzy borders , it would be impossible to predict outcomes of a ... 1992 ) 66 Gordon Mathews , Global culture / individual identity : Searching for home in the cultural supermarket ...

Mission to the World


Japan s Demographic Revival

In Globalization and Social Change in Contemporary Japan, JS Eades, T Gill and H Befu (eds.), pp. 17–40. ... Global Culture/Individual Identity: Searching for Home in the Cultural Supermarket. New York: Routledge.

 Japan  s Demographic Revival

' Japan''s Demographic Revival shifts discussions about employing immigration as the "best" or "sole" solution to assuaging Japan''s demographic quagmire to a more systematic approach that identifies structural, organizational and cultural impediments that contribute to Japan''s (and other countries'') declining demographic situations. This edited volume also sheds light on the plethora of changes required to produce a demographically sustainable Japan. Part One includes chapters explaining the endogenous, ethnocultural and structural obstacles that link ethnocultural understandings of citizenship and nationality. Part Two consists of chapters that provide insight into the societal barriers that exist in Japan to address demographic issues. Part Three shifts its focus away from identifying and analyzing the structural, organizational and cultural factors towards chapters that are policy oriented, linking existing policies as contributing factors behind Japan''s demographic challenge. Contents:Japan''s Demographic Revival: Rethinking Migration, Identity, and Sociocultural NormsStructural and Cultural Barriers to Dealing with Demographic Change:Kyōsei: Cultural Space, Multiculturalism, and the Prospect of a "Post-homogenous" Japan (M G Sheftall)Myths, Beliefs, and Implications of Japan''s Naturalization Policy (Soo im Lee)Identifying and Defining Self in a Changing Japan (David Chapman)Societal Challenges: Gender, Religion, and Incentive:Demographic Change and Migration of Care Workers: State, Care Facilities, and Migrants (Reiko Ogawa)Immigration and Religion: Muslim Immigrants in Japan — Their History, Demographics, and Challenges (Mhamed Biygautane)Demographic Changes and Religion in Japan: A Case Study of Soka Gakkai in Hokkaido (Ka Shing Ng)Nostalgic Migration — Factors Behind Recent Japanese Migration to Shanghai (Reijiro Aoyama)Herbivorous Boys and Predatory Girls: Gender, Consumerism, and Low Birthrate in Japan (Satoshi Ota)Japanese Corporate Culture and Demographic Decline: Tokyo Female Workers'' Views on Career Advancement in the Workplace (Pui Tung Yong & Stephen Robert Nagy)Ways Forward:The Potential Role of Migrant Rights Advocacy in Mitigating Japan''s Demographic Challenges (Ralph I Hosoki)Exclusive Migrant Policies in Comparative Perspective: The Case of the Gulf Cooperation Council States (Kristian Coates Ulrichsen)Immigration Best Practices: Why Pragmatic Immigration Policies are Beneficial for Immigrants and for Japan (Stephen Robert Nagy) Readership: Graduate students and researchers interested in Japanese Studies. Key Features:Identifies structural, organization and cultural impediments that contribute to Japan''s (and other countries'') population predicamentOffers a multidisciplinary, comparative approach investigating the challenges and opportunities for Japan to deal with its demographic conundrumKeywords:Japan;Demography;Citizenship;Immigration;Migration;Gender Policies;Social Integration'

Gulf Cooperation Council Culture and Identities in the New Millennium

Martin, A. (2003). An Experience of Teaching in the United Arab Emirates. English Today, 19(2), 49–54. Mathews, G. (2000). Global Culture/Individual Identity: Searching for Home in the Cultural Supermarket.

Gulf Cooperation Council Culture and Identities in the New Millennium

The book analyzes recent changes to the identities and cultures of the GCC countries. These important transformations have gone largely unnoticed due to the fast-paced changes in the region that affect all aspects of society. The volume unpacks these transformations by looking from a holistic perspective at the intersections of language, arts, education, political culture, city, regional alliances and transnational identities. It offers selected case studies based on original research carried out in the region. Chapter 7, ‘Identity Lost & Found: Architecture and Identity Formation in Kuwait and the Gulf’, of this book is available open access under a CC BY 4.0 license at link.springer.com