Local Lives and Global Transformations: Towards World Society

Overview

Globalization is widely accepted as being a defining process of our modern society. But to what extent do individuals think, feel or act in a way that takes account of the whole world? Do globalization processes really affect us in our everyday lives? And, if so, where are the boundaries between local and global society?

This book investigates how local and global studies overlap and interact by examining how real, local lives function under global conditions. It begins by ...

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Overview

Globalization is widely accepted as being a defining process of our modern society. But to what extent do individuals think, feel or act in a way that takes account of the whole world? Do globalization processes really affect us in our everyday lives? And, if so, where are the boundaries between local and global society?

This book investigates how local and global studies overlap and interact by examining how real, local lives function under global conditions. It begins by unravelling the most important concepts and debates in the field, opening them up to scrutiny and testing their assumptions through recent case studies and empirical material. The book goes on to examine the power of local forces in forming global processes and explores our attachment to local vs global identities, whilst asking if we can build on our local attachments to move towards a world society. From concerns about the international economy and growing global inequalities to worldwide fears of organized crime and terrorism, this insightful book suggests a new way of looking at the interaction of local and global transformations.

Local Lives and Global Transformations gives student readers the knowledge and the encouragement to push the boundaries of their understanding of globalization. It is inspiring reading for all those studying and interested in globalization throughout the social sciences.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230224766
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/19/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

PAUL KENNEDY is Reader in Sociology at the Manchester Metropolitan University and is co-author of Global Sociology (with Robin Cohen).

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Table of Contents

List of Boxes x

List of Acronyms xi

Acknowledgements xiii

1 Introduction: Global and Local 1

1.1 Setting the scene 1

1.2 An outline critique of some globalization theories 6

1.3 Fleshing out the idea of globality 15

1.4 The organization of the text 18

Part 1 Global Transformations

2 Theorizing Globalization: Linking the World 27

2.1 The de-territorialization of social life 27

2.2 Global flows and scapes 31

2.3 Managing spatiality - the power of networks 35

2.4 Global mobilities and global complexity 41

2.5 Glocalization 47

2.6 The meaning of global interconnectivities for social actors 48

2.7 Appraisal 52

3 The Global Economy: Fragmented Workers - Mobile Capital 53

3.1 How far does economic globalization shape our lives? 53

3.2 The turn towards a more predatory capitalism 56

3.3 Competing in the world labour market 61

3.4 Living on the global assembly line - tying the world together 68

3.5 Corporate power and the transnational capitalist class 74

3.6 The rise of the transnational state 77

3.7 Appraisal 78

4 Migrants: Key Agents of Globalization 81

4.1 The extent of migration 81

4.2 Transnationalism - the changing nature of migration and its causes 85

4.3 Some consequences of transnational migration for host and home societies 92

4.4 Migrants and their linkages to other agents of globalization 94

4.5 Appraisal 102

5 Transnational Criminals and Terrorists: New Insecurities 103

5.1 Transnational crime - illicit pathways in the global economy 105

5.2 Explaining the upsurge of transnational crime 106

5.3 The changing nature of transnational crime 113

5.4 The links between transnational crime andother globalizing agents 115

5.5 Contemporary terrorism in a globalizing world 121

5.6 The dependence of terrorism on global disorder 126

5.7 Appraisal 132

Part 2 Local Lives

6 The Resilient Local: Critiquing the Idea of the Hegemonic Global 141

6.1 Escaping from the local-global binary divide 141

6.2 Rediscovering the power of place/locality 144

6.3 The demands and attractions of everyday life 151

6.4 Surviving primordial cultural affiliations and identities 156

6.5 Appraisal 163

7 The Continuing Appeal of Local, Bubble Lives: Case Studies 166

7.1 Transnational business elites 166

7.2 Embedded, national, middle-class suburbanism 172

7.3 Enforced localization and working-class lives 177

7.4 Social exclusion and the distortion of localism 184

7.5 Football and local/national allegiances 189

7.6 Appraisal 192

8 Asserting and Protecting Local Lives: Urban and Rural Resistance 193

8.1 Indigenous peoples 195

8.2 Peasants and small farmers 198

8.3 Women against neo-liberalism and patriarchy 203

8.4 Young migrants: music, identity and urban localism 210

8.5 Appraisal 218

Part 3 Paths towards a World Society

9 Globality and World Society: Micro-Actions and Interpersonal Relations 225

9.1 Criteria for defining world society and a global consciousness 225

9.2 Towards globality - sources of individual empowerment 228

9.3 Making world society - modes of operation 236

9.4 Case studies 248

9.5 Appraisal 253

10 Looking Forward 255

Notes 259

Bibliography 263

Index 283

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