Research question
This thesis follows the question of whether, how, and where advanced global practices constitute an actual global cultural formation.
The background
The background of this question is situated within dominant debates on globalization. Will globalization processes lead to a more heterogeneous or to a more homogenized world?
The hypothesis
The assumption of this research is that there are certain fields of the social, the economy, the politics, the cities, the culture, etc. in which an authentic global (not only globalized) culture is emerging. This process does not enclose the entire world, but evolves in particular central places and increasingly functions as a central source for important trends and influences for the rest of the world. However, in itself it is composed just as any other (local) culture, except that its constitutive elements arrive from the entire globe.
The method
This work is based on a hermeneutical method, which analyses the subjective perceptions and practices of adoption of urban spaces by individuals with diverse cultural origins, professional backgrounds and essential biographical (living and working) experiences on a global scale. These people are asked to draw individual maps of their lifestyle and how it is anchored within their urban surrounding. On these maps interviews will be made in which the correlations between their current lifestyle habits and their living and working experiences in different cultural spheres will be drawn. Since New York is, according to different arguments within a ‘global city discourse’, the worlds first ‘global city’, the entire research is focused on this place and individuals living here. On the basis of the maps and the interviews the constitution of actual ‘global places’ within the context of New York will be drawn and in the following process according to classical methods of social and economical geography as well as visual anthropology (photographs and videos) described and analyzed. But since it is to expect that some people will not be able to spend the required time, other forms like simple interviews or statements will be included in the research process.