Which Global Village?: Societies, Cultures, and Political-Economic Systems in a Euro-Atlantic Perspective

Which Global Village?: Societies, Cultures, and Political-Economic Systems in a Euro-Atlantic Perspective

by Valeria Lerda


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The word village has the evocative power of ancient shared social values based on solidarity, equality, and common expectations for the betterment of life. The book's title is borrowed from McLuhan's apt metaphor, but questions its underlying assumptions. The contributors recast some of the basic elements of the complex phenomenon of the so-called globalization. Trade laws, industrial relations, economic and political systems are analyzed in a critical perspective. Moreover, environment and sustainable development, languages' rights, education, mobility and migrations are discussed in view of contemporary changes that societies are undergoing throughout the world. The vulnerability of societies caught up in new networks of interdependence due to reduced distances also are put to the fore, in the context of the new accelerated circulation of information, ideas, goods, and human beings. Provacative reading for scholars interested in a multinational, Euro-Atlanticist perspective on globalization.

The international discourse is most recently focused on some negative outgrowths of world economy, especially after the Seattle Round (December 1999) and its unexpected uprising of protests. The researches of the Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies (University of Genoa), in cooperation with scholars from Europe, Canada and the United States, offer in this collection of essays a multinational contribution which is part of their work in progress on the multifaceted issue of the contemporary global village. The book features some optimistic outcomes, and some worries about what the new millennium will not achieve, despite the common and transnational efforts, that is to say a fair re-distribution of resources to reach what R. W. Fogel defines a post-modern equality, based on values as well as on material wealth. In sum, the essayists wonder if some of the hidden promises of globalization will develop in a better new century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275973902
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/30/2002
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)
Lexile: 1500L (what's this?)

About the Author

VALERIA GENNARO LERDA is Professor of North American History, Universtiy of Genoa, Italy.

Table of Contents

Preface by Valeria Gennaro Lerda

Introduction by Valeria Gennaro Lerda

Economic, Political, and Social Dimensions of Globalization

Introductory Outline. "Global Village or Global Pillage?" A New Architecture and New Architects by Jeremy Brecher

The Local and the Global in Financial Crisis by Elmar Altvatar

The Uneasiness of Globalization: Notes on the Role of Migrations in the World Society by Alessandro Dal Lago

Globalization Without Enemies or Enemies of Globalization? by Luca Burgazzoli

Mobility in the Globalized Economy Vincenzo Li Donni

Industrial Relations and Globalization: Some Reflections Based on the Canadian Experience by Gilles Trudeau

United States and Europe in the New World Order

The Audacity of America: Historical Origins of the New World Order by Bruce Daniels

Opposition Tendencies to the (More or Less) One-Party System in the United States by Malcolm Sylvers

Globalization: The Role of Parties and Movements in the Consolidation of Neodemocracies by Andrea Mignone

Continental Drift: European Integration and American Hegemony by Stephen Burman

The Impact of Globalization on the American South: Culture, Ecology, and Economy by David Goldfield

Toward a Cosmopolitan Society? Ecology, Languages, Gender, and Education

"Mondo Esotico": Globalization Through Green-Colored Glasses by Jack Temple Kirby

IGlobalization and Problems of Intergraded Analysis in the Processes of Territorialization, Deterritorialization, and Reterritorialization Caused by the Nets Frameworks: Some Meaningful Examples by Mauro Spotorno

Reconciling Economics and Ecology to Address Global Issues by J. Terry Rolfe

Language and Law in the Era of Globalization by Joseph G. Turi

The Pathologization of the Female Body in the Post-Fordist Era: Notes for Feminist Considerations about Globalization by Augusta Molinari

Globalization and its Challenge to Higher Education: Some Reflections of a European Americanist Educator and Life-Long Learner by Dorothea Steiner

Globalization and the Prospects for Cosmopolitan Society by Barrie Axford

Concluding Remarks by Ferdinando Fasce

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