Social Futures, Global Visions / Edition 1 available in Paperback
Where is the world heading at the turn of the twenty-first century? Towards a desolate landscape of disintegrating societies or towardsthe construction of new institutions to mitigate violence, reducepoverty and promote peace in a rapidly changing global context? Doideas of globalization reflect reality and how far are they eithernew or helpful? Can trends identified in the near and distant pastbe helpfully extrapolated to predict the future and to understandthe present? Ralf Dahrendorf, Amitai Etzioni, Johan Galtung, Anthony Giddens,Eric Hobsbawm, Fatima Mernissi, Tetsuo Najita, Emma Rothschild,Wole Soyinka and Tatyana Tolstaya take up these and other questionsand provide some searching and provocative answers. Theirdiscussions span academic disciplines and continents to provide atruly international dialogue on the future of humankind.
Table of Contents
1. Economic Opportunity, Civil Society and Political Liberty: RalfDahrendorf (University of Oxford).
2. Palace Fundamentalism and Liberal Democracy: Oil, Arms andIrrationality during the Cold War: Fatima Mernissi (InstitutUniversitaire de la Recherche Scientifique, Morroco).
3. The Future of the State: Eric Hobsbawn (BirkbeckCollege,University of London).
4. The National Question in Africa: Internal Imperatives: WoleSoyinka.
5. Positive Aspects of Community and the Dangers ofFragmentation: Amitai Etzioni (George Washington University).
6. The Perils of Utopia: Communism, Perestroika and the RussianIntelligentsia: Tatyana Tolstaya (Skidmore College).
7. The Debate on Economic and Social Security in the LateEighteenth Century: Lessons of a Road Not Taken: Emma Rothschild(King's College, Cambridge University).
8. Traditional Co-operatives in Modern Japan: RethinkingAlternatives to Cosmopolitanism and Nativism: Tetsuo Najita(University of Chicago).
9. Affluence, Poverty and the Idea of a Post-Scarcity Society:Anthony Giddens (King's College, Cambridge University).
10. On the Social Costs of Modernization: Social Disintegration,Atomie/Anomie and Social Development: Johan Galtung (University ofHawaii).