"Global Iberia" locates Spain and Portugal in the contemporary globalizing world. Through synoptic chapters on the peninsula's geography, regional histories, and longstanding role as the bridge between the Arab / North African world and Europe, McDonogh uses Spain (an, to a lesser extent, Portugal) to address the key issues generated by contemporary globalization-identity, migration, hybridity, and the new forms of social life that are emerging as a consequence. As well, he considers supra-state structures like the EU. After centuries as a major empire, Spain degenerated into a cloistered backwater. With the death of Franco in the mid-70s, it underwent an epochal transformation. Since then, Spain has experienced dramatic social and political transformations, becoming a vibrant democracy and a major tourist destination. Barcelona has become a "world" city, and the nation's cultural output is now on par with other major European countries. Spain and Portugal have long histories at the cutting edge of world relations, managing far-flung empires, and McDonogh stresses this historical perspective. But he also foregrounds the vast present world fostered by the "Iberian project" - Latin America, Southern Europe, parts of Asia and Africa, in which Spain and Portugal possess enormous power.
Iberian Worldsis an imaginative, short text that dramatically depicts important globalization themes and processes through the important flows and impacts Spain and Portugal have had with many important regions of the world for many centuries. Spain and Portugal have long histories at the cutting-edge of world relations, managing far-flung empires, and author Gary McDonogh stresses this historical perspective as well asforegrounding the vast present world fostered by the "Iberian project" - Latin America, Southern Europe, parts of Asia and Africa, in which Spain and Portugal possess enormous power.
1. Empires and Nations, Centers and Peripheries 2. Geographies of Place: Coasts and Mountains, Climates and Islands 3. Cities. Countryside and Citizens 4. Between Africa and Europe 5. Global Iberias: Latin American and Asian Images and Connections. Conclusions: Barcelona and Catalonia as Iberian Microcosm
Gary W. McDonogh has devoted more than three decades to anthropological studies of Iberian cities and peoples in Europe, Asia and the Americas. He is currently Professor and Director of the Program in Growth and Structure of Cities at Bryn Mawr College and coordinator of the concentration in Latino, Latin American and Iberian Peoples and Cultures.
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