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"No British writer has thought more deeply or reported so sharply on globalised culture and its heavy costs than Seabrook. This wide-ranging package of essays slips between ground-level enquiries into tourism and trade in Africa and Asia, childhood memories and political meditations. It isn't about Western guilt-tripping but respect and responsibility - the virtues that his work practises as much as it preaches." - Independent. London.

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"The book is amazingly powerful as Jeremy Seabrook draws examples of his childhood village life in England which has been consigned to the dustbin of waste by the invading culture that is now called Globalisation and is proudly recognised as one of the achievements of the western world. As the age-old traditions and values cultivated by the christian faith are washed away from him as he grows into adulthood, Jeremy has found parallels in other cultures of the world which are being ruthlessly subjugated to the same principles and 'market forces' of globalisation. As his repertoire comes from his own life and he finds this 'drama' being played in different parts of the world, Jeremy's heart aches and he gets personally involved in the protest on the annihilation of local cultures. The book is very forceful as the forces of globalisation consume land after land and culture after culture to create market economies." - Amazon 5-Star Customer Review.

Cultural commentator Jeremy Seabrook looks at the threat to cultural diversity and integrity all around the globe, including in Western societies.

The hurtling speed of the global market knows no cultural boundaries. Languages, customs, rituals and myths – the building-blocks of local culture and identity – are swept aside with the global market’s promise of security and prosperity.

Is this promise false? asks Seabrook. Is the survival of pockets of local culture true resistance, or does it mean that identity has been commoditized to the point that it is reduced to a backdrop of ‘picturesque’ colour? Can communities reclaim the value of local cultural identity?

Harnessing moving personal testimonies of cultural loss and resistance, Seabrook embarks upon a wide-ranging and sensitive exploration of the battleground between local and global.

About the author: Jeremy Seabrook has written more than 30 books (including Travels in the Skin Trade, and Children of Other Worlds), and has worked as a teacher, social worker, journalist, lecturer and playwright. He has contributed to many journals, including the New Statesman and the Ecologist.

Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 175 x 175mm
Page extent: 296 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1-904456-08-7

Date added: April 5, 2007

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