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Title: Belsunce, a place in the French-Algerian transnational social space
Author: Grimm, Robert
ISNI:       0000 0000 3435 6209
Awarding Body: Manchester Metropolitan University
Current Institution: Manchester Metropolitan University
Date of Award: 2007
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Over the last two decades, social scientists have pointed out that social action has become disembedded from the constrains of time and' space (Giddens 1991). New means of transportation and telecommunication created an environment of time-simultaneous global interaction. Some authors described contemporary social life as neither grounded in physical space nor in time (Castells 2000). However, although social actions organise and are organised by multi-directional, time-simultaneous global flows, much of every day life has remained locally grounded. The rela'tionship between these poles, the local on one hand and the global on the other hand, has come to the limelight of the sociological debate. The following researc:l developed from a participant observation which I carried out between 2002 and 2005 in the inner city quarter Belsunce in the French Mediterranean port city Marseilles. My research has two aims. I firstly attempt to move place back into the forefront of social research. I argue that. Belsunce-Marseilles is nodal point in the French-Algerian transnational social space. Secondly, the' research focuses on the everyday life interactions ' taking place in Belsunce. I argue that local and trans-local interactions overlap in the quarter and create a dynamic social environment that integrates actors with heterogeneous motivations, diverse ethnic belongings, and varying spatial practices. These local interactions become resources for further transnational exchanges. The local and global are intrinsically linked in place.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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