This introduction presents an overveiw of key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book contains a series of case studies related to Nordic peripheries, which are going to illuminate gendered, ethnicized and classed processes of globalization at large. Gender and gendering as a social and spatial process is a cross-cutting interest running through the chapters in this book, in most of the chapters co-occurring with an interest in ethnic or class relations, urban/rural distinctions, geographic and/or economic relations, generational links or other types of social stratifications. Different place practices and ways of engaging with place are a major interest in this book, and in particular, various chapters aim at uncovering new and emergent forms of place practices, as well as investigating which forms of local, and possibly gendered, practices may be enduring in the face of global restructurings.