Reframing International Development: Globalism, Postmodernity, and Difference

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Attempts to theorize contemporary globalization rarely stray beyond variations on old themes of superordination versus subordination. Yet there are many "new definers" of our present global reality - depletion of strategic resources, degradation of our environment, counter-offensives against modernist patterns of thought and action - which suggest that a new framework of global relations is needed. Nelson W. Keith, in his striking new volume, challenges the presumptions upon which western notions of the world have rested and sounds a call to forge a world order more sensitive to all of its representative voices. Reframing International Development will be of great interest to scholars and students interested in globalization issues, irrespective of their disciplines.
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Explores emerging social structures and attempts to relate their tendencies to an international order in the process of change. Covers the depletion of strategic resources, the degradation of our environment, and counter-offensives against modernist patterns of thought and action. Keith sociology, West Chester U challenges the presumptions upon which western notions of the world have rested, and sounds a call to forge a world order more sensitive to all of its representative voices. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803970618
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/25/1997
  • Pages: 328

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
1 The Nature and Orbit of Change: A Statement of Central Themes 1
2 Globalism and Dependence in the New World Order 21
3 Interdependence and Its Interface With Nature's Revolt 55
4 Crisis and the Fragmented Shadows of the Enlightenment 91
5 Enlightenment, Rationalism, and the Attack on History 110
6 Newtonianism and the Heliocentric Framework 135
7 Broad Sketches of a Revolt and a Summary of the Argument 165
8 Culture and the Revolt Against Reason 185
9 Postmodernism and the Repositioning of Culture 210
10 Culture, Rhetoric, and the Reformulation of Theory 231
11 Conclusion: Interdependence Without Illusions 263
References 275
Index 297
About the Author 313
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