About thirty years after its introduction into the academic debate, the idea of glocalization continues to be acknowledged as a source of inspiration by many scholars across disciplinary boundaries. Within the social sciences and humanities, the most enduring influence remains the formulation of the glocal first presented by Roland Robertson in the early 1990s (Robertson 1995). However, as reminded by Robertson himself, the implications of glocality have also been discussed by scholars operating in different disciplinary fields – the geographer Erik Swyngedouw (1992, 2004) – and within alternative theoretical and conceptual frameworks (e.g. Appadurai 1996; Hannerz 1996). At the general level, there would seem to be at present a large consensus on one of the conceptual premises upon which the discussion of the glocal was originally based, that is, the identification of the binary global-local as a relational and interpretive frame not objectifiable in terms of the simple opposition/tension between two spatial dimensions. From our perspective, too, this is probably the most productive way of using the glocal to interpret dynamics of social change in a globalizing context characterized by increasing interconnectedness.
Issue 2020, 3: Glocalization and Everyday Life
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Glocalism” is a peer-reviewed, open access and cross-disciplinary journal that aims at stimulating increasing awareness and knowledge around the new dynamics that characterise the glocal reality.
A journal on glocalism that corresponds with the very concept of being glocal and wants to be recognised in a cultural-academic context can only be available on-line.
So as to elicit as much on-line discussion as possible among academics, each edition of the journal will:
a) deal with a main subject and
b) be characterised by research essays (received after the call for papers and subjected to double-blind peer-review).
As “Glocalism” is a four-monthly journal, three issues will be published annually: at end-March, end-July, end-November. The publication of each issue is preceded by the publication of the Call for papers for the following monographic issue.