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Memphis and the Paradox of PlaceGlobalization in the American South$
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Wanda Rushing

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832998

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807895610_rushing

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Place Matters

Place Matters

Continuity and Discontinuity

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Memphis and the Paradox of Place

Wanda Rushing

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the fact that many studies of globalization and cities focus on the “flattening” of the world, the homogenization of culture, and the demise of place distinctiveness. This book, however, analyzes qualities that make “place” distinctive, cumulative, durable, and meaningful. The overarching concern of this project is to show that place matters by presenting a narrative case-study analysis of one resilient southern city. Memphis, anchored in global flows of technology, culture, people, and goods, reveals the complexity of local and global processes intertwined in the production of locality and in urban transformations. A city created by nearly two hundred years of investment, labor, conscious design, and rural migration, Memphis has faced periodic disruptions in the ongoing production of locality.

Keywords:   globalization, homogenization, place distinctiveness, Memphis, locality, urban transformations

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