Globalization affects people in all parts of the world, but it does so unevenly. One of the best ways to understand globalization, therefore, is to examine its impact from the perspective of particular local communities. Establishment media coverage of the connections between the local and the global too often lacks detail, context, and a critical perspective on the power structures that shape people’s local experiences. Citizen journalists can help fill in the gaps of this coverage by drilling down through the layers of their own environment to provide a picture that is both rich in local detail and informed by critical perspectives on globalization.

For this new series, edited by Khadeeja Hamid and Paige Richardson, we seek submissions from authors who can address the impact of globalization on their local community (hometown/city/region) by exploring themes such as:

  • Labor restructuring (outsourcing, deindustrialization, casualization, etc.)

  • Emigration and immigration

  • Gentrification and other transformations of the urban environment

  • Changes in the agricultural economy and food system

  • Changes in the local retail environment

  • Social movements and resistance

  • War and militarization

  • Fossil fuel extraction

  • Climate change

Submissions may be any length, but our ideal length for a publishable post is in the range of 800-1200 words. We will consider publishing longer pieces in multiple installments. Students who have written successful “Hometown and Globalization” papers for the GS101 class at St. Lawrence University are especially encouraged to submit their work, but we are very open to submissions from other authors as well.

If you are interested in writing a piece for this series, please fill out the form below, and one of our editors will contact you.

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