Global society has been analyzed in any number of ways: books dealing with its economic and cultural implications flood the market. But Planetary Politics highlights something unique. It explores globalization with an eye on the transformation of politics into a planetary enterprise. Unifying this collection is a political purpose: the attempt to engage in progressive fashion the dominant trends, the terrible excesses, and the positive prospects in a decidedly new era marked by the transition from a corrosive interplay between nation-states to a burgeoning planetary politics. Bringing together the work of major scholars with national and international reputations, this exciting new work offers perspectives for dealing with the complexity of power in the planetary life of the new millennium.
An important volume for both scholars and practitioners alike.
[This book] presents an accessible and interesting group of essays that meets the Logos series' aim of communicating bold ideas that appeal to a wide audience. One of the strengths of this collection is that Bronner has compiled a selection of essays written by authors from diverse academic backgrounds; this helps to communicate the message that the political, economic, and cultural cannot be considered apart from one another, and to bring a variety of perspectives to bear on globalization. . . . The collection offers highly accessible reflections on contemporary political issues.
Stephen Eric Bronner is Professor (II) of Political Science and a member of the Graduate Faculties of Comparative Literature and German Studies at Rutgers University. He is the senior editor of Logos, an interdisciplinary internet journal. His works include: A Rumor about the Jews: Anti-Semitism, Conspiracy, and the 'Protocols of Zion,' Imagining the Possible: Radical Politics for Conservative Times, and Reclaiming Enlightenment: Toward a Politics of Radical Engagement.
Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 The Global Theater Chapter 3 The Silence of Words and Political Dynamics in the World Risk Society Chapter 4 Globalism and the Selling of Globalization Chapter 5 National Culture, the Globalization of Communications, and the Bounded Political Community Chapter 6 Globalization: A Contested Terrain Part 7 Planetary Perils Chapter 8 Terror and Politics Chapter 9 The New Militarism: Imperial Overreach Chapter 10 Unconcealed Empire: "The Awesome Thing America Is Becoming" Part 11 Planetary Foreign Policy Chapter 12 Anatomy of a Disaster: Class War, Iraq, and the Contours of American Foreign Policy Chapter 13 The "Islam Industry" and U.S. Foreign Policy Chapter 14 Multilateralism: For a New Political Enlightenment Chapter 15 Chances for a Left Foreign Policy Part 16 Cosmopolitan Hope Chapter 17 The Two Faces of Globalization Chapter 18 Is a Global Ethic Possible? Chapter 19 Playing the Angel's Advocate: Human Rights, Global Realism, and the Politics of Intervention Chapter 20 Human Rights in the Age of Empire