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Berlin in not a foreign country, stupid! : growing up 'global' in eastern Germany.

Hörschelmann, K. and Schäfer, N. (2007) 'Berlin in not a foreign country, stupid! : growing up 'global' in eastern Germany.', Environment and planning A., 39 (8). pp. 1855-1872.


In this paper we analyse how young East Germans come to be differentially placed in global network space through their socioeconomically and culturally specific engagements with globalised mediascapes and ethnoscapes. We call for greater awareness of the power differentials which shape globalisation, and draw on the theoretical work of Pierre Bourdieu to show how unequal access to social and cultural capital influences and is reflected in the ‘glocal’ connections through which young people develop and perform their identities. Further, we seek to understand how these differential engagements impact on young people’s future trajectories through the development of different competencies. We contend that, precisely how young people are positioned in networks of global – local connectivity matters profoundly, both for the performance of their present identities, and for their future life chances.

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