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Talking Back to Globalization

Texts and Practices


Edited By Brian Michael Goss, Mary Rachel Gould and Joan Pedro-Carañana

Globalization is one of the most widely circulated, high-stakes buzzwords of the past generation; yet discussion of the topic is often encased in paradox and contention over what globalization is, to whom and where it may (or may not) apply, and to what effect. In Talking Back to Globalization: Texts and Practices, contributors provide a series of case studies that stress the interplay between culture, politics, and commerce.
Interviews with Natalie Fenton and Radha S. Hegde survey globalization and its interpenetration with the spheres of journalism, activism, social media, and identity. The overview furnished by the interviews is followed by the volume’s two additional extended sections, «Texts» and «Practices.»
Chapters in the «Texts» section seek clues about globalization through its insinuation into mediated forms. The diverse selection of cases cover television, films, online travel web pages, blues music, and the political valences of Portuguese neo-fado.
Chapters in the «Practices» section address more diffused cases than media texts. Their analyses largely orient toward institutional concomitants of globalization that precede the subject’s experience of it. Chapters cover the trajectory of the European university, campaigns to shape journalistic practice during the Cold War, the posture of intellectuals vis-à-vis globalization, and the ideology that animates the Facebook experience.
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Chapter Two: A Conversation with Radha S. Hegde: Globalization: “It’s Everywhere; It’s Nowhere”


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A Conversation WITH Radha S. Hegde

Globalization: “It’s Everywhere; It’s Nowhere”1


April 2, 2015

Rae Lynn Schwartz-DuPre (RLSD): Radha, it’s so wonderful to have the opportunity to talk with you. It was terrific to hear your keynote address at the Globalization conference in Madrid. The purpose of this interview is for us to talk and for you to tell readers about your academic relationship to globalization.

Radha S. Hegde (RSH): Thanks, Rae Lynn, it was a great conference. I truly enjoyed the time in Madrid and the intense conversations about globalization we had at the various sessions. It was wonderful to meet you and thank you very much for this interview. I look forward to reliving the Madrid conference through this conversation with you.

RLSD: Could you tell readers who were not present at the conference about your address?

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