Media and Communication Ph.D. Dissertations


Emerging Forms of Globalization Dialectics: Interlocalization, a New Praxis of Power and Culture in Commercial Media and Development Communication

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


Communication Studies

First Advisor

Alberto Gonzalez (Advisor)

Second Advisor

Oliver Boyd-Barrett (Committee Member)

Third Advisor

Louisa Ha (Committee Member)

Fourth Advisor

Peter VanderHart (Committee Member)


This critical research seeks to better understand the hegemonic process of globalization. Due to power differences, globalization results in differential advantage and disadvantage for the involved cultures. The dialectical criticism of globalization aims to monitor social injustice and advance concepts on media homogenization, uneven information flow, and cultural imperialism. This interdisciplinary study explores the practices of globalization that are less culturally biased. Particularly, it makes a first attempt to conceptualize a new globalization form, interlocalization. Premised upon a competitive and free market system, the study explores the ways interlocalization might offer a more equitable relationship for the players of different cultures. Some interlocalization practices are also elaborated through two critical case studies. While studying forms of commercial minority media, the first critical case study examines the implications of interlocalization in the media expansion of a Catalan communication firm, Grupo Planeta. Based on the Roma projects of the Open Society Institute in Europe, the second critical case study presents research on the role of interlocalization in social change. Analyzing cross-cultural participatory communication, this second study explores the use of interlocalization as tool in the creation of global practices for sustainable development. The overarching goal for this research is the advancement of equity and justice in media and development communication practices globally.