Definition of localism in English:



  • 1[mass noun] Preference for one's own area or region, especially when this results in a limitation of outlook:

    ‘politics have been dominated by localism and authoritarianism’
    • ‘Regionalism attracts because we perceive that the admittedly global economy mocks any preoccupation with localism and local loyalties and causes.’
    • ‘From the results, we concluded that measuring ease of use, localism, editorial vigor, news quantity and interpretation can start us on the road to a measurement system that could eventually lead to defining and locating the sweet spot.’
    • ‘Keep the spirit alive people, and localism too.’
    • ‘His imagination had to unlearn its intense partiality and localism; his tutor apparently assumed that already as young children we have learned narrow sectarian types of loyalty.’
    • ‘There was also a focus on localism - Labour's growing desire to devolve the way public services are managed.’
    • ‘One of the biggest problems for historians of this period is to balance their sensitivity towards its localism with evidence of the interplay between the locality and the regional, national, and indeed international contexts.’
    • ‘In spite of her fervent devotion to the virtues of participatory democracy, localism and the educational imperative, the works only partially exhibited these principles.’
    • ‘I hope we can get this done and say to the FCC there's a public interest here, people are concerned about localism, competition, diverse any broadcasting and your rules move in exactly the wrong direction.’
    • ‘This in itself suggests the depth of localism and regionalism and the seriousness of giving them due weight in symbolizing the nation as a whole.’
    • ‘These religions were capable of transcending the intense, parochial localism of ancient and classical times, and creating wide communities that bridged many languages and cultures.’
    • ‘What it does mean, however, is that Italy's long history of familial and corporate identity and of communal and regional localism prevailed.’
    • ‘What's the point of the Government advocating localism when the district council is run by people who know nothing about Witham?’
    • ‘If local dialects are unduly emphasized, localism and regionalism will become more pervasive and more serious.’
    • ‘The pressures for uniformity may well have backfired, encouraging a stubborn and defensive localism as a result.’
    • ‘Their much vaunted localism, as Boris explains, is merely enthusiasm for yet more bureaucracy, while their antiwar stance is about as far away from traditional liberal internationalism as you can get.’
    • ‘Symbolic attachment may reinforce localism or take the form of personal commitments that extend across socioeconomic strata.’
    • ‘With the exception of certain, fully-gentrified areas, localism and tribalism reign, provincial and backward attitudes dominate.’
    • ‘And it is also arguable that the model is in any case valuable precisely as encouraging a move beyond the rather narrow empiricism and localism of some tendencies in current British historiography.’
    • ‘The local labour market is influenced by localism because it fosters local preference in employment practices and denies jobs to ‘outsiders’ during periods of unemployment.’
    • ‘Uneven development provided a fertile ground for burgeoning localism and regionalism, leading the bureaucratic elites to defend vehemently their narrow regional interests.’
    1. 1.1[count noun] A characteristic of a particular locality, such as a local idiom or custom:
      ‘her parents drilled the localisms out of her speech as a child’
      • ‘Nonetheless, the localisms introduced lingering friction in the international discourse, which has been compounded by the US not adopting ‘neo-liberal’ either, because of its own peculiar left-wing connotations of ‘liberal’.’
      • ‘The appearance of localisms does not negate globalization.’
      • ‘She tried out one of the localisms she had heard.’
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