A GENERAL INTRODUCTION ON THE TOPIC OF THE THESIS
 
 
The World in which we grew up, in which we live, and most importantly in which we are going to live, is increasingly influenced by worldwide international and intercultural experiences.
 
Whether through academic exchanges, research or work; diplomats, migrants, refugees or for matrimony or just because of longing for the unknown, more and more people are not only affected by one, but by two or even more cultures. While the number of those experiencing this interaction is increasing, the extent of individuals´ mobility is simultaneously higher than ever before.
 
But how does this cosmopolitan experience affect us? How does it influence our relations, lifestyle, cultural identity, perception of the world, and our identity as part of it.
As more people are influenced by this experience, the more its expressed in our surroundings, which adapt increasingly to our new, cosmopolitan requirements.
 
As places in which transcontinental flows solidify and interconnect with each other, we find our cities in the centre of these transformational processes. Under this influence some places have transformed into so called ‘Global Cities’, which differ in many fundamental aspects from their nation-state. More and more often they represent a country within a country, with more similarities between each other, than with the other cities in their respective nations. Within a network of other global cities they have developed their own specific dynamics more in respect to each other, than to the rest of their country or the rest of the world.
 
But does the same thing happen to individuals? Does the lifestyle of a person that has spent their life in many different places have more correspondence to other ‘nomads,’ or is their original cultural identity preserved even more? In which way do these people identify themselves with the place in which they are living, how do they get influenced by this place, and inversely, how do they impact this place?
 
An increasing amount of discourse writes about the rise of a ‘global Class’. But who is this global class? Do many people with different cultural origin already form one global class on the merit of having lived and worked almost everywhere on the globe? What do the Asian manager, the Latin American actress, the European engineer, the African diplomat, and the North American journalist share? Actually nothing. Their cultural as well their professional origin could not be more different.
 
So the question arises, what kind of correlated changes do these entire populations experience, if all of them have lived and worked in each other’s respective cultures? Do they now only share the experience of a more or less nomadic biography or do they also mutually share common (cultural) habits that they have learned and adopted during their stays around the world? Do they integrate some of these habits into their own life even after they have left that place again and now live in another, foreign place? How specifically is their practical experienced developed if they continue to live in a place like New York, an environment where all the aggregate cultures in which they have lived before are located in one single place?
 
Is there a universal or global convention around which they can orientate or will they reproduce the individual habits of their culture of their origin, by which each of them will refer a little more or less to the culture of the country they currently live in? Or, and we have to consider this as well, does exists a global convention which is mainly ‘Western’- or ‘Americanized’?
 
They question of this work is, whether there are indicators for any kind of a ‘global practice’ within the context of New York, and how and where does it does it takes place within the urban context?
 
By methods of interpretive social sciences as well as by visual anthropology a heterogeneous group of individuals, who can be identified as the ‘avant-garde’ of cultural globalization or global lifestyle and biography, shall get to known and in the specific context of New York their practice of spatial adoption will be mapped and analyzed according to mutual shared habits and places.
 
This people may come from the most different or exotic cultural origins and have fundamental or long lasting working, studying or any other kind of experiences at many different major cultural spheres and now live in New York. With this people interviews or/and conversations or short statements will be realized as well as a personal map will be drawn which freely associates biography, lifestyle and space of living of this person. This people may come from any kind of social, cultural or professional background. Diplomats, journalists, manager, NGO-representatives, engineers, scientists or any other kind of professionals, like sport professionals, artists, mechanics, housekeepers or jet setters.
 
If you belong to this surrounding and have any interest to contribute something to this project, please contact me by using the following email address: hanneshilf@gmail.com  
 
If you know people that matter to this surrounding or do know this kind of people, please communicate this project. Therefore you can use the following link www.globalculture.cc or this Email text.
 
Thank you very much for your attention as for any contributions
 
Johannes Hilf
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GLOBAL CULTURE
THE  SPATIAL  INTEGRATION OF  GLOBAL LIFESTYLES IN NEW YORK CITY