Globalisation and rural change
There are lots of different definitions of 'globalisation', in fact there are lots of debates about whether globalisation is a real thing or something unique to the modern era. But what we do know is that over recent decades people and places around the world have become increasingly interconnected in terms of their economies, societies, cultures and political institutions. This has come about through a series of processes and trends that include the opening up of free trade, the expansion of transnational corporations, increased international movements of people through migration and tourism, and the spread of global culture and communications technologies. Many academic studies of globalisation have tended to focus on iconic global cities (London, NY, Tokyo) or on spectacular events (2008 financial crash, factory closures) that cause massive impacts.
However, for most rural places, indeed for most places, the impact of globalization is often more subtle and mundane e.g. changes in what we eat, what we watch, where and how we work, or how we stay in touch. The Global-Rural project is attempting to address this oversight by investigating local and everyday experiences of globalization in rural communities whilst also trying to understand the bigger picture and what this might mean for smaller towns and rural communities.