The Local in the Global? The Global in the Local?

In one way or another the issue of the relationship
between the ‘local’ and the ‘global’ has become increasingly
salient in a wide variety of intellectual and practical
contexts. In some respects this development hinges
upon the increasing recognition of the significance of
space, as opposed to time, in a number of fields of academic
and practical endeavour. The general interest in
the idea of postmodernity, whatever its limitations, is
probably the most intellectually tangible manifestation
of this. The most well known maxim – virtually a cliche
– proclaimed in the diagnosis of’the postmodern condition’
is of course that ‘grand narratives’ have come
to an end, and that we are now in a circumstance of
proliferating and often competing narratives. In this
perspective there are no longer any stable accounts
of dominant change in the world. This view itself has
developed, on the other hand, at precisely the same
time that there has crystallized an increasing interest in
the world as a whole as a single place. As the sense of
temporal unidirectionality has faded so, on the other
hand, has the sense of ‘representational’ space within
which all kinds of narratives maybe inserted expanded.
This of course has increasingly raised in recent years