Questioning Geopolitics

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This volume takes an enlightened step back from the ongoing discussion of globalization. The authors reject the notion that globalization is an analytically useful term. Rather, this volume shows globalization as merely the framework of the current political debate on the future of world power. Some of the many other novel ideas advanced by the authors include: the explicit prediction that East Asia is not going to become the center of the world; the contention that the USSR collapsed for the same reasons that ...

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Overview

This volume takes an enlightened step back from the ongoing discussion of globalization. The authors reject the notion that globalization is an analytically useful term. Rather, this volume shows globalization as merely the framework of the current political debate on the future of world power. Some of the many other novel ideas advanced by the authors include: the explicit prediction that East Asia is not going to become the center of the world; the contention that the USSR collapsed for the same reasons that nearly brought down the United States in 1973; and the notion that the regional economic networks that are emerging from under the modern states are in fact rather old formations.

The articles in the volume are organized around three main themes. Part One explores both the changing patterns of global power from the viewpoint of geopolitics and the Gramscian approach to the study of international relations. Part Two further develops the debate among a number of eminent historians and sociologists challenging both the apologists for and the opponents of globalization in new and unexpected ways. Part Three traces the emergence of regional economic networks and explores the ambiguous problems of security and identity posed by the old-new transborder formations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275966560
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/2000
  • Pages: 260
  • Lexile: 1490L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

GEORGI M. DERLUGUIAN is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University. In the last decade his research focus has shifted from early modern Portuguese exploration to patterns of state collapse and guerrilla mobilization in Mozambique, Karabagh, and Chechnya.

SCOTT L. GREER is a doctoral candidate in political science at Northwestern University, currently writing a dissertation on regionalism and the politics of territorial government in Western Europe. His research includes studies of French politics and the politics of health care.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: Repetition, Variation, and Transmutation as Scenarios for the Twenty-first Century 1
Pt. I Restructuring World Power
2 Globalizing Capital and Political Agency in the Twenty-first Century 15
3 Stateness and System in the Global Structure of Trade: A Network Approach to Assessing Nation Status 33
4 Predictions of Geopolitical Theory and the Modern World-System 51
Pt. II Redefining World Culture
5 Why Must There Be a Last Cycle? The Prognosis for the World Capitalist System and a Prescription for Its Diagnosis 69
6 Mr. X? Doctrine X? A Modest Proposal for Thinking about the New Geopolitics 85
7 Radicalism, Resistance, and Cultural Lags: A Commentary on Benjamin Barber's Jihad vs. McWorld 101
8 Formations of Globality and Radical Politics 111
Pt. III From National States to Regional Networks?
9 The Rhineland, European Union, and Regionalism in the World Economy 139
10 Slipping into Something More Comfortable: Argentine-Brazilian Nuclear Integration and the Origins of the MERCOSUR 155
11 Mutual Benefit? African Elites and French African Policy 169
12 The Geoeconomic Reconfiguration of the Semiperiphery: The Asian-Pacific Transborder Subregions in the World-System 185
13 The Process and the Prospects of Soviet Collapse: Bankruptcy, Segmentation, Involution 203
Bibliography 227
Index 243
About the Editors and Contributors 247
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