Globalisation and sense of place
Globalisation is a topic that affects us all in a multitude of ways, sometimes very obviously and in other ways very subtly. What is less understood and conceptualised is how globalisation impacts health through sense of place and place attachment.
In this assignment I want you to firstly read “A Sense of Place in Globalization” by Kwang Kim in the Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation and Culture (https://www.washingtoninst.org/2670/a-sense-of-place-in-globalization/) and then construct a scholarly response to the questions and conversation points raised in his article.
While the article has a strong Christian theme running through it, please do not feel that you must respond in a similar vein. You can choose to keep your essay without any religious connection or you may wish to respond from your own spiritual perspective. Putting the religious perspective aside, Kwang raises pertinent issues on :
(1) “the importance of fidelity to the land, places, and people that live there”,
(2) “building affection and memories as a global citizen: community, food, and surroundings” as well as
(3) “the tension between two kingdoms”.
Clearly, the last issue is from a Christian standpoint and you may wish to discuss that further. However, you may choose to respond to (1) and/or (2) or on other points he has made. Indeed, he has made a critique of John Lennon’s “Imagine” lyrics which have often been seen as aspirational.
Your essay should consist of an introduction where you set the scene as well as outlining how you will address the essay topic and your working definition of sense of place, and health. In the body of the essay you need to go on to show how globalisation impacts our sense of place. In discussing how globalisation impacts our sense of place, and affects our health, you will need to link back to at least one of the statements made by Kwang. So, for example, you could discuss the importance of ‘fidelity to the land’, which could be redefined as having commitment or loyalty to land and thus how globalisation perhaps undermines that commitment. You could then discuss the various psychosocial health impacts of that undermining on individuals and/or communities as a result. When making your statements, make sure you can substantiate them with relevant sources as well.
This must be based on recent academic sources e.g. journal articles, book chapters and government websites published within the last 10 years. Then you should go on to argue how these effects on sense of place might impact on health. I don’t want you to directly link globalisation to health (e.g. improved global surveillance of the spread of disease); your discussion
must involve how health is impacted through influences on sense of place.
Your essay should conclude by summing up your major findings e.g. how globalisation impacts health through sense of place. Because of the overall personal nature of the original posting, your response can be in first person or you may wish to keep it passive and in the third person.
This essay has been designed to not only help you to delve deeper into some of the factual material covered in this unit, but also to give you the chance to apply this material in an evidence-based manner to create an argument. You are unlikely to find papers that have been written that will provide you with all these arguments in one document. You need to construct them yourselves. Research for this essay may require you to look outside the standard health databases and journals that you are used to using e.g. into subject areas like geography, psychology and sociology. You may find the following journals useful.
• Health and Place
• Journal of Environmental Psychology
• Environment and Behavior
• International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health • Journal of Globalization Studies (online free source)
black font, size 12, Arial or Calibri, margins approx. 2cm, 1.5 line spacing, pages numbered with author’s name on each page. Word count included at end of essay. Headings acceptable but no dot points.
Referencing: Harvard Reference style applied correctly to assignment, including citing and listing references. Direct quotes must be identified as such by quotation marks and page numbers.
Comments or questions are welcome.