This essay employs a visual approach to explore some of the ways that spatial practices become markers of a globalising
and glocalizing world. Images are offered that reflect some of the symbolic competition created by more and
less recent migrants as they lay claim to 'contested terrains' by changing what they look like. Although often dismissed
as mere "marking" of territory, such ordinary practices by migrants of symbolic home or community building are crucial
to understanding global cities. One indicator of their importance is the, often hostile reactions by the dominant
society to them. A brief review of some of the most important theoretical perspectives on these interrelated phenomena,
such as those of Saskia Sassen, David Harvey, and Manuel Castells, isolates common expectations about the visibility
of resulting competing spatial practices in shared multiethnic residential and commercial environments. It is
argued that many of the contradictions created by the concentration of global capital can be seen in the neighborhood
streetscapes of global cities. From Georg Simmel, through Henri Lefebvre, and Lyn H. Lofland, the visible, and
the symbolic, have been central to urban analysis. Therefore, the ubiquitous aspects of what Jackson called 'vernacular
landscapes,' such as commercial signs and graffiti in Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, London, New York, and Rome are
Keywords : Globalization, Glocalization, Migration, Vernacular Landscape, Visual Sociology.
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