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Formation and (Re)Formation of Spatial Identities under Globalization


  • Choudhary, Bikramaditya Kumar

    () (Centre for the Study of Regional Development, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University)


Present essay tries to discuss the process of formation and reformation of spatial identities in the aftermath of globalization. The basic premise of the paper is that identities are more often remain attached to space and these are direct outcome of the culture if the culture is taken as sum total of one’s interaction with the given surroundings. Then it is but natural to presume that both space and time one belongs to have a limit in opted approach. The local patterns and designs grow and have their uniqueness and identity considerably recognizable in creativeness, reflections, in formation of ideologies and so on. Further the article seeks to analyze the role of knowledge as a deciding force in the formation of such identities as second premise of the paper is that it is knowledge of different kinds ‘local’ and ‘global’; ‘tacit’ and ‘explicit’ that is basis of culture. People with dominating tendency if organized themselves as power-unit use the raw products of information, ideas, and ideologies by innocent but sincere people as roots in their intentional aims to dominate and produce cultural hegemony through creation of so-called ‘knowledge society’ and ‘knowledge economy’. It is in this context that the paper argues that dispersed/fragmented concentration of knowledge has led to formation of different kinds of spatial identities that are transnational and at the same time sub-national.

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  • Choudhary, Bikramaditya Kumar, 2014. "Formation and (Re)Formation of Spatial Identities under Globalization," Journal of Regional Development and Planning, Rajarshi Majumder, vol. 3(1), pages 35-48.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:jrdpin:0024

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    Regional Development; Spatialisation; Identity; Globalisation; Culture; Knowledge;

    JEL classification:

    • B20 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought since 1925 - - - General
    • H00 - Public Economics - - General - - - General
    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General
    • P00 - Economic Systems - - General - - - General
    • Q01 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - Sustainable Development
    • R10 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - General
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)


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