Urban Identity as a Global Phenomenon: Hybridity and Contextualization of Urban Identities in the Social Environment

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Abstract

Major sociospatial transformation processes are taking place, and so concepts such as tradition, distinctiveness, and identity have become fundamental but delicate factors in the context of the social environment. Consequently, identity has become not only a term, but rather a comprehensive theme and concept, in making new places and built environments. In this context of argument, this article elucidates the implication of identity at different scales. It emphasizes the importance and hybridity of urban identities and how they may become entities or even mechanisms to overcome globalization issues. This article looks at global examples to exemplify various manifestations of urban identities. This theoretical article aspires to promote debates that can benefit current research programs in the context of globalization, urban identity, and sociocultural diversity. Finally, the aim here for specifying different levels of urban identities is not necessarily toward categorizing them, but rather to identify their roles and propositions in various scales that are related to humans and their social environments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-406
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Volume25
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2015

Keywords

  • contextualization
  • distinctiveness
  • Globalization
  • identity
  • placeness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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