In Search of the Good Life: The Ethics of Globalization

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"This book is the best treatment of the complex debate on globalization by a religious ethicist now available. It is indispensable for those who care about public life here and the good life for all." —Cornel West, Professor of Religion, Princeton University

"During the decade between the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the Al Qaeda attack of 2001, globalization seemed to have triumphed completely. Since 2001... the mood of inevitability has faded, and a recognition has dawned that globalization entails a range of fateful, even perilous choices. How these choices can be wisely and ethically made is Rebecca Todd Peters's subject in this cogently argued, quietly passionate, and, not least, perfectly timed little book." —Jack Miles,Senior Fellow, Pacific Council on International Policy, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of God: A Biography.

Rebecca Todd Peters examines the phenomenon of globalization and debates about whether it is helpful or harmful to society. She identifies and explores four competing globalization theories that are essential to thei ssue: the neo-liberal, development, earthist, and post-colonial theories. Within each chapter, Peters pointsout ideological underpinnings, primary constituencies, and moral visions of each theory by exploring itsideologies of "the good life."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826418586
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 3/3/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 885,929
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca Todd Peters is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Distinguished Emerging Scholar at Elon University, North Carolina. She has published The Future of Globalization: Seeking Pathways of Transformation in the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics and contributed a chapter to Body and Soul: Rethinking Sexuality as Justice-Love. She also co-edited the book Justice in the Making: Feminist Social Ethics, a collection of Beverly Harrisoni's work to be published later in 2004.

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Table of Contents

1 A cacophony of voices : situating the conversation 3
2 The ethics of globalization : developing a normative Christian ethical approach to globalization 16
3 Globalization as new world order : neoliberalism as the reigning economic paradigm 41
4 Globalization as social development : reformation attempts of social equity liberalism 70
5 Globalization as localization : reconnecting to people and the earth 105
6 Globalization as neocolonialism : the struggle of people's movements for global solidarity 139
7 The good life for whom? : critiquing the four theories of globalization 173
8 The future of globalization : seeking pathways of transformation 192
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