2019 Special Focus - Global Flows, Diversified Realities

Perhaps because it is a relatively new field, most of the literature about globalization illustrates a tendency toward a framework of global flows without acknowledging that this form of accumulation reveals the re-appropriation of local environments . Like any social change, globalization does not occur uniformly. In addition, the resignification of the local dimension does not necessarily reflect the strength of this new capitalism but, rather, the human need for association, identification, and cultural preservation.

Reality is a social construction and, by extension, is constantly shifting. Thus, social groups are not immune to the prevailing Universalist tendencies. With that in mind, global dynamics cannot be explained without considering local manifestations and how the latter relate to the former. Therefore, the social sciences cannot continue proceeding from theoretical monotheisms , but should do so by means of being transdisciplinary. Since the end of the 1970s, we have been witnessing, much more than in the past, the expression of highly diversified and fragmented realities under a theoretical and growing approach pretending otherwise. The only certainty is that there are no unique procedures, and the scientific world should remain open to alternative points of view and to the different ways in which globalization is expressed.

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