Continuity and Discontinuity
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.
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