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Geographies of Globality, Individuality, and Morality

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From the tradition of human and rural geography, the author analyzed the current limitation of the geographical debates to study the global processes of rural transformation to key – meso – areas in Global North and Global South. The case studies are mainly associated with the key ideas of Anglo-American discussion and the Latin-American debate. Additionally, examples from other geographical areas are used to describe large processes of individuality and transformation as rural gentrification, feminism/woman, and rural diasporas.

Currently, there is a revitalization of globality in rural studies, but it largely revitalizes old analytical trends from the political economy that associate large global transformation processes with local manifestations – facts.

Based on the geographical minor theory of everyday life, an alternative approach is proposed that connects the individual with global processes even within each locality (community). This point of view is based on the minor positionality of an individual on the global processes of transformation, as opposed to the usual domain in geographical studies that locality/community associates with globality.

The individual (re)articulates the spatial, social, and economic geographical processes around the individual citizen who moves through a globalized and global space. Places are permanently rearticulated, even on a daily basis, in a permanent negotiation of daily life between opposite (or not) interests of individuals. The spaces of life and activity are the confluence and coexistence of multiple live paths. These multiple paths move in spaces that are dominated by certain characteristic postmodern processes.

This approach enables a moral look at the global transformation processes founded on the individual. It also promotes a single analytical framework for possible situations of the (rural) individual in the global transformation processes.

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Paniagua, A. (2022). Geographies of Globality, Individuality, and Morality. In: Baikady, R., Sajid, S., Nadesan, V., Przeperski, J., Rezaul, I., Gao, J. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Global Social Change . Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-87624-1_356-1

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