Between the "global" and the "local": On global locality and local globality

Nurit Alfasi*, Tovi Fenster

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This study offers new perspectives on the impact of global and local interactions on cities today. We look at two opposing ways of integrating global processes with the local functioning of cities. The first mode relates to a city representing unique local significance that is recognized and valued on the global scale. This globality is not economic but it affects the global interactions of individuals, institutions, and businesses in these cities. We term this type of city a global locality. The second mode is a city that serves as a local cultural and economic gateway to its region. Whether located higher or lower on the World Cities roster, at the local and regional scale it serves as both business center and cultural hub. We term this type of city a local globality. In this article, we discuss both city types using Tel Aviv-Jaffa and Jerusalem as examples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)543-566
Number of pages24
JournalUrban Geography
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2009


  • Citizenship
  • Global-local interaction
  • Globalization
  • Jerusalem
  • Tel Aviv


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