Exploring several dimensions of local, global and glocal using the generic conceptual framework Hodges's model


  • Peter Jones Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust Independent Scholar & Informatics Specialist




Global, Local, Glocal, Nursing, Health, Global Health, Community Informatics, Information Studies, Computer Science, Social Sciences, Development Studies, Philosophy, Media Studies, Informatics, Conceptualization, Assessment


This paper introduces Hodges’s model a conceptual framework as a means to explore the concept glocal and the more familiar terms local and global. Actual and speculative definitions of glocal are offered. Discussion will also deliberate on the compound meanings of these terms. The model's four knowledge (care) domains facilitate discussion of the physical, social, political and individual dimensions of local, global and glocal. The paper draws upon health, anthropology, history, science, informatics and geopolitics – especially the themes of globalization, literacy, information technology and communication (voice). The purpose is exploratory with additional resort to philosophical reflection.

Author Biography

Peter Jones, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust Independent Scholar & Informatics Specialist

Community Mental Health Nurse, Nursing Home Liaison

Independent Scholar & Informatics Specialist
RMN, RGN, CPN(Cert.), PGCE, BA(Hons) Comp/Phil, PG(Dip)COPE.
Work in Central & West Lancashire, England