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Christopher Ali

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040726

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040726.001.0001

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Mapping the Local

Mapping the Local

(p.30) 1 Mapping the Local
Media Localism

Christopher Ali

University of Illinois Press

Chapter 1 unpacks the theoretical foundations and analytical frameworks of the local by thematically mapping its various interpretations throughout critical political economy, critical theory, and critical geography. The chapter begins with a conversation about the local in everyday life and then moves on to conceptual and critical understandings of the local, space, place, and community, analyzing the themes of “local as place,” “local as community,” “local as market,” “local as resistive,” and “local as fetish.” Throughout these interrelated discussions, examples are drawn from local media in the United States, the UK, and Canada. The ultimate goal of this chapter is to move the reader toward a more holistic understanding of the local as developed in the theory of critical regionalism.

Keywords:   Space, Place, Local, Community, Critical Geography, Critical Political Economy, Critical Regionalism, Critical Theory

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