Profile: Portals of Globalization

Here we investigate places and institutions where the confrontation of societies with the global is especially dense and has particular cultural effects since many people living these places are experiencing inter-culturality in specific ways. While the assumption seems plausible that these portals in (early) modern times were related to far-distance trade and empire-building and later on to international organizations as well as to transnational companies the more recent process that confronts even more places directly to the effects of globalization makes it necessary to include institutions of what is called knowledge society into that research agenda. What is particularly interesting are the processes of cultural learning from that confrontation with effects of the global at specific places and the forms of cultural capital (in the sense Bourdieu used the term) emerging. This relates directly to the question what the study of globalisation might be good for in today’s university.

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