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Friedman and a distinguished group of contributors offer a compelling analysis of globalization and the lethal explosiveness that characterizes the current world order. In particular, they investigate global processes and political forces that determine networks of crime, commerce and terror, and reveal the economic, social and cultural fragmentation of transnational networks. In a critical introduction, Friedman evaluates how transnational capital represents a truly global force, but geographical decentralization of accumulation still leads to declining state hegemony in some areas and increasing hegemony in others. The authors examine the growth and increasing autonomy of indigenous populations, and the massively destabililizing effect of migration processes. They describe the rapid increase in criminalization of ethnic and immigrant groups as well as an increase in class stratification, creating new forms of social confrontation and violence. In addition to ethnic, identity-based conflict there are analyses of transnational criminal networks, which also represents disintegration of larger homogeneous territories or hierarchical orders. The authors ask us to reevaluate the dynamics of globalization—the contradictions of centralization and fragmentation around the world—as we discover how best to transform these conditions for the future. This research was originally funded by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. Globalization, the State and Violence will be a valuable reference in anthropology, social theory, international politics and economics, ethnic conflict, immigration, and economic history.

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Editorial Reviews

Perspectives on Political Science, Vol. 23, No.4, Fall 2003 - Eric A. Heinze
Jonathan Friedman's Globalization, the State, and Violence is one of the most recent attempts to make sense of the disparate global conditions that are the subject of globalization discourse. . . . [It] stands on its own as a respectable and well-argued piece of research that makes a valid empirical contribution to globalization literature.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759102811
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Friedman is Directeur d'Ytudes, Ycole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, and professor of social anthropology at the University of Lund, Sweden.

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Table of Contents

1 Globalization, Dis-integration, Re-organization: The Transformations of Violence 1
2 Class Projects, Social Consciousness, and the Contradictions of "Globalization" 35
3 Economic Globalization and the Redrawing of Citizenship 67
4 Beyond the Informal Economy: New Trends in Post-Fordist Transition 87
5 The New Paradigm of Violence 107
6 The Case for Citizenship as Social Contract: A Tale of Two Girls 141
7 American Neoliberalism, "Globalization," and Violence: Reflections from the United States and Southeast Asia 163
8 Killing Me Softly: Violence, Globalization, and the Apparent State 203
9 Sorcery and the Shapes of Globalization Disjunctions and Continuities: The Case of Sri Lanka 249
10 Imagining Monsters: A Structural History of Warfare in Chad (1968-1990) 279
11 "Trouble Spots": Projects, Bandits, and State Fragmentation 309
12 State Classes, the Logic of Rentier Power and Social Disintegration: Global Parameters and Local Structures of the Decline of the Congo 343
Epilogue 2002: Global Whacks and the Hazards of Hegemony 379
Index 381
About the Contributors 387
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