Rethinking Globalism

Rethinking Globalism

by Manfred B. Steger, Ibrahim G. Aoude, Mohammed A. Bamyeh, Terrell Carver, Arif Dirlik
     
 

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What is the hottest American export since 9/11? The contributors to this provocative volume contend that it is Western style globalism-the dominant free market ideology that determines everything from most-favored-nation status to the declaration of war. In this much-needed post-September 11 analysis, an interdisciplinary team of authors shows how central concepts

Overview

What is the hottest American export since 9/11? The contributors to this provocative volume contend that it is Western style globalism-the dominant free market ideology that determines everything from most-favored-nation status to the declaration of war. In this much-needed post-September 11 analysis, an interdisciplinary team of authors shows how central concepts like globalization, liberty, free markets, and free trade are increasingly being subordinated to and lumped together with the war on terrorism led by the U.S. and its allies. The authors here-hailing from all five continents—contend that globalism is being adapted to particular social and political contexts in various parts of the world. Nonetheless, the impact of globalization with an ideological twist can be devastating as military operations and propaganda supplant transnational trade initiatives as the focal point of global exchange. And ironically, the post-9/11 framework contains a major ideological contradiction: Social forces otherwise profiting from expanded global mobility and interchange must come to grips with necessary limitations on certain aspects of globalization. This volume was handcrafted to outline the major lines of inquiry proposed for the new Globalization series, edited by Manfred B. Steger and Terrell Carver. Writing in accessible, engaging prose, the contributors to this anchor volume consider themselves critical globalization theorists who seek to provide readers with a better understanding of how dominant beliefs about globalization fashion their realities and how these ideas can be changed to bring about more equitable social arrangements. Books in the series will share the same perspective and goals.

Editorial Reviews

Political Studies Review
The book serves well both as a meeting ground for a series of diverse political and methodological perspectives on dominant globalisms and as an appetiser for further work to come.
Jan Aart Scholte
Rethinking Globalism assembles stimulating diverse critical understandings of the ideological aspects of contemporary globalization, pointing us toward the sorts of transdisciplinary and intercultural engagements that global studies sorely need.
Saskia Sassen
A much-needed set of critical analyses of the dominant narratives about globalization by authors who recognize the existence of various global conditions. They deconstruct the content and orientation of these ideological accounts, and they recognize that work of critical analysis brings with it normative visions. Rethinking Globalism should be required reading for students of globalization.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742525443
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/2003
Series:
Globalization Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.91(d)

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Meet the Author

Manfred B. Steger is professor of politics and government at Illinois State University, affiliated faculty member in the Department of Political Science at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa, and academic director of the Globalism Institute at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia. His academic fields of expertise include theories and ideologies of globalization, comparative political and social theory, theories of nonviolence, and international politics. His most recent publications include Rethinking Globalism: The New Market Ideology; Gandhi’s Dilemma: Nonviolent Principles and Nationalist Power; Violence and Its Alternatives: An Interdisciplinary Reader; Engels After Marx; and The Quest for Evolutionary Socialism: Eduard Bernstein and Social Democracy.

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