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Massey, Doreen. “A Global Sense of Place.” Marxism Today (1991): 24-29.
Combining personal observation and theoretical analysis, Massey's article explores the issues surrounding globalization and time-space compression. In this frequently cited article, Massey puts forward an “alternative interpretation of place” that incorporates globalization in a positive way, thus taking issue with theories advanced by David Harvey and other Marxist scholars that framed globalization as a uniquely 20th century phenomenon with only negative consequences. Observing the ever-changing scene of North London's Kilburn High Street and its far-flung connections to other parts of the world, Massey proposes that place should not be viewed as an “authentic” history of a single, inevitably fictionalized and homogenized local community, but rather as a manifestation of dynamic “local and global social, economic, and communications relations.” While not denying that there is a specificity to place “constructed out of a particular constellation of social relations, meeting and weaving together at a particular locus,” she insists on including all the multiple layers of dynamic human changes, cross currents, and links to far-away cultures that have transpired in any given place and believes that globalization, far from taking away, can actually intensify the sense of the local. [P. Heavner]