Rabu, 22 September 2010

Work, Consumerism and the New Poor

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Zygmunt Bauman
Open University Press, 1998 - 106 pages

"It will be of great interest and value to students, teachers and researchers in sociology and social policy; but it would be good if it were to be read by politicians, journalists and the person in the street too.... It is not possible to convey all the richness and subtlety of Bauman's argument in a short review... [It] provides a very forceful and sophisticated statement of the case; and a very well written one too... As a wide ranging analysis of our present discontents it is an admirable example of the sort of challenge which sociology at its best can offer to us and our fellow citizens to re-assess and re-think our current social arrangements."
Work, Employment and Society

"This is a stylish and persuasive analysis of the transition between the age of the 'society of producers' to that of the 'society of consumers'."
Political Studies

"Zygmunt Bauman presents a cogently argued and compelling thesis describing how the way poverty and the poor are being viewed in Western Society has changed during the course of modern history... this is an important book from a distinguished scholar, that adds a new dimension to the poverty debate."
British Journal of Sociology

    * Can poverty be fought and conquered by orthodox means?
    * Should we seek new solutions like "decoupling" the right to livelihood from the selling of labour and extending the socially recognised concept of work?
    * How urgent is it to confront these social questions and find practical answers?

It is one thing to be poor in a society of producers and universal employment; it is quite a different thing to be poor in a society of consumers, in which life projects are built around the consumer choice rather than work, professional skills or jobs. If "being poor" once derived its meaning from the condition of being unemployed, today it draws its meaning primarily from the plight of a flawed consumer. This is one difference which truly makes a difference - in the way living in poverty is experienced and in the chances and prospects to redeem its misery.

This absorbing book attempts to trace this change, which has been taking place over the duration of modern history, and to make an inventory of its social consequences. On the way, it tries also to consider to what extent the well remembered and tested means of fighting back advancing poverty and mitigating its hardships are fit (or unfit) to grasp and tackle the problems of poverty in its present form. Students of sociology, politics and social policy will find this to be an invaluable text on the changing significance and implications of an enduring social problem.

World Antropologies: Disciplinary Transformations Within Systems of Power

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Gustavo Lins Ribeiro, Arturo Escobar
Berg Publishers, 2006 - 341 pages

Can a planetary anthropology cope with both the "provincial cosmopolitanism" of alternative anthropologies and the "metropolitan provincialism" of hegemonic schools? How might the resulting "world anthropologies" challenge the current panorama in which certain allegedly national anthropological traditions have more paradigmatic weight--and hence more power--than others? Critically examining the international dissemination of anthropology within and across national power fields, contributors address these questions and many others.

The Politics of Multiculturalism: Pluralism and citizenship in Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia

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Robert W. Hefner
University of Hawaii Press, 2001 - 319pages

The culture and practice of pluralism in postcolonial Malaysia / Abdul Rahman Embong -- Social pluralism in Singapore / Chua Beng Huat and Kwok Kian-Woon -- Social resources for civility and participation: the case of Yogyakarta, Indonesia / Mohtar Mase?d, S. Rizal Panggabean, and Muhammad Najib Azca -- Boundaries and beyond: whither the cultural bases of political community in Malaysia? / Sumit K. Mandal -- Corporate pluralism: Singapore Inc. and the Association of Muslim Professionals / Sharon Siddique -- Where has (ethnic) politics gone? The case of the BN non-Malay politicians and political parties / Francis Loh Kok Wah -- The redefinition of politics and the transformation of Malaysian pluralism / Shamsul A.B. -- What Islam, whose Islam?: Sisters in Islam and the struggle for women's rights / Zainah Anwar -- Gender and pluralism in Indonesia / Siti Ruhaini Dzuhayatin -- Mirroring the past or reflecting the future?: class and religious pluralism in Indonesian labor / Vedi R. Hadiz -- Greens in the rainbow: ethnoreligious issues and the Indonesian armed forces / Hermawan Sulistiyo.vember.

The Social Science Encyclopedia

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Adam Kuper, Jessica Kuper
Taylor & Francis, 2003 - 923pages

This new edition of an already classic reference work provides students, librarians, social scientists, and professionals with an invaluable compendium of the entire range of the social sciences. The 500+ entries on all of the major issues and concepts in the social sciences encompass the areas of anthropology, business, economics, education, government and politics, law and criminology, linguistics, psychology, social work, sociology, women's studies and beyond. For anyone concerned with these fields, "The Social Science Encyclopedia" is a truly essential resource.

The Social Thought of Zygmunt Bauman

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Keith Tester
Palgrave Macmillan, 2004 - 202 pages

Zygmunt Bauman is one of the most important contemporary social thinkers, influencing thought about the Holocaust, postmodernity, globalization, and more. This is the first book to discuss all of Bauman's work, from the first essays in post-Stalinist Poland, through his participation in 1960s Marxist revisionism, and up to the work for which he is well known in the West. Bauman's work is put into its social and historical context, revealing why Bauman matters.

The Sociology of Zygmunt Baumant: Challenges and Critique

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Michael Hviid Jacobsen, Poul Poder
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2008 - 245pages

Zygmunt Bauman is one of the most inspirational and controversial thinkers on the scene of contemporary sociology. For several decades he has provided compelling analyses and diagnoses of a vast variety of aspects of modern and liquid modern living. His work is increasingly popularized, appraised and adopted. This book considers the theoretical significance of his contribution to sociology, but also discusses and adopts a critical stance towards his work."The Sociology of Zygmunt Bauman" introduces and critically appraises some of the most significant as well as some of the lesser known and overlooked of Bauman's contributions to contemporary sociology: ethics, freedom, utopia, genocide, metaphors, ambivalence, politics, strangers, globalization, power and consumerism. In this collection, an international team of scholars delineates and discusses how Bauman's treatment of these themes challenges conventional wisdom in sociology, thereby revising and revitalizing sociological theory. As a special feature, the book concludes with Bauman's intriguing reflections and contemplations on his own life and intellectual trajectory published here for the first time in English. In this postscript aptly entitled "Pro Domo Sua" ("About Myself"), he describes the pushes and pulls that throughout the years have shaped his thinking.

The Post-colonial Critic: Interviews, Strategies, Dialogues

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Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Sarah Harasym
Routledge, 1990 - 168 pages

Gayatri Spivak, one of our best known cultural and literary theorists, addresses a vast range of political questions with both pen and voice in this unique book.The Post-Colonial Criticbrings together a selection of interviews and discussions in which she has taken part over the past five years; together they articulate some of the most compelling politico-theoretical issues of the present. In these lively texts, students of Spivak's work will identify her unmistakeable voice as she speaks on questions of representation and self-representation, the politicization of deconstruction; the situations of post-colonial critics; pedagogical responsibility; and political strategies.

Toward a Critical Sociology: An Essay on Commonsensses and Emancipation

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Zygmunt Bauman
Taylor & Francis Group, 2010 - 116pages

For the better part of its history sociology shared with commonsense its assumption of the a ~nature-likea (TM) character of society a " and consequently developed as the science of unfreedom. In this powerful and engaging work, first published in 1976, Professor Bauman outlines the historical roots of such a science and describes how the new trends in sociology emerging from phenomenology and existentialism do not challenge this preoccupation. Rather, he claims, they deepen and extend it by stressing the key role of commonsense, particularly the ways in which it is sustained and embedded in the routines and assumptions of everyday life.

Professor Bauman sets out the form of a critical sociology, based on emancipatory reason. His main concerns are the validity' of commonsense and the truth of a theory which would resolve to transcend the limitations of commonsensical evidence. Aimed at human liberation A Critical Sociology is designed to question the very samea routines and assumptions of everyday life informed by commonsense.

The Sage Dictionary of Cultural Studies

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Chris Barker
SAGE, 2004 - 211pages

`A scholarly lexicon and stimulating "rough guide" for cultural studies as it confronts and navigates the shifting sands of past, present and future' - Tim O'Sullivan, Head of Media and Cultural Production, De Montfort University

`I'm certain undergraduate and postgraduate readers will consider the Dictionary to be a highly useful resource. Taken together, the definitions provide a effective overview of the field' - Stuart Allan, Reader in Cultural Studies, University of the West of England, Bristol

`Any student wishing to acquaint her or himself with the field of cultural studies will find this an enormously useful book' - Joke Hermes, Editor, European Journal of Cultural Studies and Lecturer in Television Studies, University of Amsterdam

Containing over 200 entries on key concepts and theorists, the Dictionary provides an unparalled guide to the terrain of cultural studies. The definitions are authoritative, stimulating and written in an accessible style. There are up-to-date entries on new concepts and innovative approaches.

An ideal teaching and research resource, the Dicitionary can also be used as a companion to Chris Barker's highly successful Cultural Studies: Theory and Practice (Second Edition, SAGE, 2003) and in conjunction with his Making Sense of Cultural Studies (SAGE, 2002)

Worldmark Encyclopedia of Daily Life: Americas

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Timothy L. Gall, Gale Research Inc
Gale, 1998 - 2100 pages

Provides information on 500 cultures of the world, covering twenty different areas of daily life including clothing, food, language, and religion.

Social Theory after Holocaust

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Robert Fine, Charles Turner
Liverpool University Press, 2000 - 266pages

This collection of essays explores the character and quality of the Holocaust 2s impact and the abiding legacy it has left for social theory. The premise which informs the contributions is that, ten years after its publication, Zygmunt Bauman 2s claim that social theory has either failed to address the Holocaust or protected itself from its implications remains true.

Sociology : The Key Concepts

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John Scott
Routledge, 2006 - 211pages

Sociology: The Key Conceptsbrings together a strong group of well known experts to review ideas from all areas of this diverse and pluralistic discipline. Exploring the key debates and founding ideas of this exciting field of study, the book is fully cross referenced and covers such topics as: community childhood emotion discourse race and racialization modernity McDonaldization gender consumption social capital identity

The Black Companion of Social Theory

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Bryan S. Turner
Wiley-Blackwell, 2000 - 570pages

"The Blackwell Companion to Social Theory, "Second Edition, builds on the success of the highly regarded first edition by adding four completely new chapters on the foundations of social theory, anthropology, phenomenology, and sociology of the body. Retained material from the first edition has been revised, extended, and updated, and coverage of feminism expanded into two chapters on second-wave feminism and contemporary feminist theory.

The book guides the student and scholar through the vast array of approaches and frameworks that shape contemporary analysis of social reality. The principal focus is on post-classical modern social theory, but while major post-classical thinkers such as Habermas, Foucault and Derrida are examined, they appear within the context of a classical tradition developed by figures such as Parsons, Goffman and Elias. Organized by themes rather than theorists, 18 essays by the world's leading social theorists provide insights to the traditions of classical social thought as well as the major debates and developments in contemporary social theory. Extensive bibliographies, meanwhile, provide a guide to the current literature.

The Culture of New Capitalism

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Richard Sennett
Yale University Press, 2007 - 214pages

In this provocative book Richard Sennett looks at the ways today's global, ever-mutable form of capitalism is affecting our lives. He analyzes how changes in work ethic, in our attitudes toward merit and talent, and in public and private institutions have all contributed to what he terms "the specter of uselessness," and he concludes with suggestions to counter this disturbing new culture. "Hardly any social thinkers have given serious thought to the drastic changes in corporate culture wrought by downsizing, 're-orging,' and outsourcing. Fortunately, the exceptionRichard Sennettis also one of the most insightful public intellectuals we have. InThe Culture of the New CapitalismSennett addresses the new corporate culture with his usual vast erudition, endlessly supple intellect, and firm moral outlook. The result is brilliant, disturbing, and absolutely necessary reading."Barbara Ehrenreich, author ofBait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream "[Sennett] has brilliantly pushed his thinking. . . . [A] triumph."Will Hutton,The Observer "Reflective, studded with sharp insights, moving with grace between big ideas and specific cases. This is vintage Sennett."Douglas W. Rae, author ofCity: Urbanism and Its End "Packed with thought. . . . Profound and challenging. . . . [I am] full of admiration for the subtlety and originality of Richard Sennett's work."Madeleine Bunting,New Statesman

The Future of Social Theory

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Nicholas Gane
Continuum International Publishing Group, 2004 - 210pages
The basic concept of society has come under attack--political acts, critical theory, new media and even history itself have undermined what we think of as the social. The Future of Social Theory brings together new interviews with the world's leading social theorists on what society means today: Zygmunt Bauman, John Urry, Saska Sassen, Bruno Latour, Scott Lash, Nikolas Rose, Judith Butler and Francoise Verges. The topics covered include: liquid modernization and the individualization of society; the shift towards global forms of chaos and complexity; the displacement of the social into global city networks; the shift away from a theory of the social to a theory of space; the transformation of society with the rise of new technology; the continuing influence of historical forms of political power; society as a gendered idea; and society as a product of Empire.

The Meaning of Social Life: A Cultural Sociology

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Jeffrey C. Alexander
Oxford University Press, 2005 - 296pages

In The Meanings of Social Life , Jeffrey Alexander presents a new approach to how culture works in contemporary societies. Exposing our everyday myths and narratives in a series of empirical studies that range from Watergate to the Holocaust, he shows how these unseen yet potent cultural structures translate into concrete actions and institutions. Only when these deep patterns of meaning are revealed, Alexander argues, can we understand the stubborn staying power of violence and degradation, but also the steady persistence of hope. By understanding the darker structures that restrict our imagination, we can seek to transform them. By recognizing the culture structures that sustain hope, we can allow our idealistic imaginations to gain more traction in the world. A work that will transform the way that sociologists think about culture and the social world, this book confirms Jeffrey Alexander's reputation as one of the major social theorists of our day.

Key Concepts in Cultural Theory

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Andrew Edgar, Peter Sedgwick, Peter R. Sedgwick
Routledge, 1999 - 506pages

An up-to-date and comprehensive survey of over 350 of the key terms encountered in cultural theory today. Each entry provides clear and succinct explanations for students throughout a wide range of disciplines.

The New Imperialism

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David Harvey
Oxford University Press, 2005 - 275pages
People around the world are confused and concerned. Is it a sign of strength or of weakness that the US has suddenly shifted from a politics of consensus to one of coercion on the world stage? What was really at stake in the war on Iraq? Was it all about oil and, if not, what else was
involved? What role has a sagging economy played in pushing the US into foreign adventurism? What exactly is the relationship between US militarism abroad and domestic politics? These are the questions taken up in this compelling and original book. In this closely argued and clearly written book,
David Harvey, one of the leading social theorists of his generation, builds a conceptual framework to expose the underlying forces at work behind these momentous shifts in US policies and politics. The compulsions behind the projection of US power on the world as a "new imperialism" are here, for
the first time, laid bare for all to see.

Paris: Capital of Modernity

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David Harvey
Routledge, 2003 - 372pages

Harvey's uniquely powerful approach is on full display, offering a history of possibly the most important city and era in the development of modern life. Heavily illustrated with photographs, paintings and including cartoons from Daumier, one of the greatest political caricaturists of the nineteenth century.

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture Volume 1

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Tom Pendergast, Sara Pendergast
St. James Press, 2000 - 2041 pages

Profiles in Contemporary Social Theory

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Anthony Elliott, Bryan S. Turner
SAGE, 2001 - 400pages

This comprehensive book provides an indispensable introduction to the most significant figures in contemporary social theory. Grounded strongly in the European tradition, the profiles include Michel Foucault, J[um]urgen Habermas, Roland Barthes, Jean Baudrillard, Pierre Bourdieu, Zygmunt Bauman, Martin Heidegger, Frederic Jameson, Richard Rorty, Nancy Chodorow, Anthony Giddens, Stuart Hall, Luce Irigaray and Donna Haraway. In guiding students through the key figures in an accessible and authoritative fashion, the book provides detailed accounts of the development of the work of major social theorists and charts the relationship between different traditions of social, cultural and political thought.

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak: In Other Words

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Sangeeta Ray
John Wiley and Sons, 2009 - 150pages

This book introduces and discusses the works of leading feminist postcolonialist Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, by exploring the key concepts and themes to emerge from them.

    * Focuses on the key themes to emerge from Spivak’s work, such as ethics, literature, feminism, pedagogy, postcoloniality, violence, and war
    * Assesses Spivak’s often contentious relationship with feminist and postcolonial studies
    * Considers the significance of her work for other fields, such as ethnography, history, cultural studies and philosophy

Encyclopedia of Social Theory Volume 1

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George Ritzer
SAGE, 2005 - 982pages

This set comes just months after the publication of Sage's three-volume Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods, whose best attributes are repeated here: an alphabetical list of entries and Reader's Guide (including topical breakdowns) appear at the front of both volumes; a "Chronology of Social Theory," "Master Bibliography," and comprehensive index are at the end of Volume 2. Some of the deficiencies of Research Methods are here as well, including minimal graphics and a decidedly Western orientation to key players and concepts. The set is quite current, with up-to-date entries such as "Male Gaze" and "McDonaldization," although the controversial French philosopher Jacques Derrida, who died several months ago, is alive and well in these pages. Bottom Line On the whole, this will be a useful resource for beginning researchers in the social sciences, or users requiring basic definitions or biographies. Recommended for large public and academic libraries.-Ellen D. Gilbert, Princeton, NJ

Encyclopedia of Social Theory Volume 2

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George Ritzer
SAGE, 2005 - 982pages

Editorial Review
This set comes just months after the publication of Sage's three-volume Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods, whose best attributes are repeated here: an alphabetical list of entries and Reader's Guide (including topical breakdowns) appear at the front of both volumes; a "Chronology of Social Theory," "Master Bibliography," and comprehensive index are at the end of Volume 2. Some of the deficiencies of Research Methods are here as well, including minimal graphics and a decidedly Western orientation to key players and concepts. The set is quite current, with up-to-date entries such as "Male Gaze" and "McDonaldization," although the controversial French philosopher Jacques Derrida, who died several months ago, is alive and well in these pages. Bottom Line On the whole, this will be a useful resource for beginning researchers in the social sciences, or users requiring basic definitions or biographies. Recommended for large public and academic libraries.-Ellen D. Gilbert, Princeton, NJ

Identity and Affecet: Experiences of Identity in a Globalising World

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John R. Campbell, Alan Rew
Pluto Press, 1999 - 306pages

When forces of globalisation and local culture converge, distinctive social habitats are created. Drawing on detailed case studies of South Asian, East African, Melanesian and European societies, Identity and Affect provides a contextual analysis of the formation and expression of local identities and of the affective self-constitution of social agents. The contributors examine in particular the growing fragmentation of social relations in these areas and the impact this is having on individuals and communities who, forced into an increasingly outward orientation, are initiating processes of cultural redefinition and social realignment.The different effects of colonialism on identity formation are examined in studies of communalism in Sri Lanka, untouchables in India, cargo cults in New Guinea and the substitution of food exchange for cannibalism in Kaluana. Focusing on Italians in London and south Asians in East Africa, the formation and experience of belonging to cultural diaspora is explored from the perspective of the individual and the social collectivity. The authors conclude with an exploration of some of the defining experiences of modernity, specifically how individuals in industrial capitalist societies have come to see their identity as dependent on modern forms of industrial, public sector work.

Polics and Globalization: Knowledge, Ethics and Agency

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Martin Shaw
Routledge, 1999 - 229 pages

The central aim of this book is to analyze whether (or not) the global constitutes a fundamental challenge to the social-scientific study of politics, including the structure of disciplines and the division of labor between them.

Power and Governance in a Partially Globalized World

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Robert Owen Keohane
Routledge, 2002 - 298pages

Robert O. Keohane has been one of the most innovative an influential thinkers in international relations for more than three decades. His groundbreaking work in institutional theory has redefined our understanding of international political economy. This work is a collection of his most recent essays that address such core issues as interdependence, institutions, the development of international law, globalization and global governance. The essays are placed in historical and intellectual context by a substantial new introduction outlining the developments in Keohane's thought. In an original afterword, the author offers a challenging interpretation of the September 11th attacks and their aftermath.

Shadow Globalization, Ethnic Conflicts and New Wars: a Political Economy of Intra-State War

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Dietrich Jung
Routledge, 2003 - 196pages

Focusing on the political economy of so-called new wars, this book presents a series of studies that analyse the complexities of current warfare by moving from the global sphere to local spots of organised violence. It thus raises questions about the very idea of intra-state wars and shows that these wars are inseparably linked to the global economy and the world political order. In this way, this study also offes a unique contribution to understanding the post-September 11 world.

This will be topical and controversial reading for students and scholars of international relations and international political economy, as well as experts in foreign policy, peace and conflict studies.

Globalization as the End and the Beginning of History

Globalization as the End and the Beginning of History

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Arif Dirlik
History Department
Duke University

50 pages

The Arab State and Neo Liberal Globalization:The Restructuring of State Power in the Middle East

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Laura Guazzone, Daniela Pioppi
Ithaca, 2009 - 388pages

This collection of essays by leading academics offers an alternative approach to the study of todays Arab states by focusing on their participation in neo-liberal globalization rather than on authoritarianism or Islam. The effects of the restructuring of traditional state power engendered by globalization are analyzed separately, through updated empirical research in the political, economic and security processes of each country considered. Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Saudi Arabia are the case studies selected to represent different paths towards a shared model of new Arab state which, far from representing an exceptional case of resilience against global trends, may be seen in many instances as typifying their effects. This book thus offers both an overall conceptualization of change affecting the Arab states, domestically and in their relations with the international system, and a series of in-depth case studies by country and functional areas. About the contributors Laura Guazzon

The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations

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John Baylis, Steve Smith, Patricia Owens
Oxford University Press, 2011 - 680pages

The Globalization of World Politics , Fifth Edition, is a comprehensive introduction to international relations that provides a coherent, accessible, and lively account of the globalization of world politics. Now in its fifth edition, it has been fully revised and updated in light of recent developments in world politics, with new chapters on post colonialism and post structuralism. The fifth edition also increases its emphasis on the global financial crisis, forced migration, diplomacy, and religion. A comprehensive introduction to international relations, this internationally successful title is ideally suited to students coming to the subject for the first time. FEATURES * Presents contributions from an impressive line-up of international experts, each of whom provides accessible but stimulating insights into history, theory, structures and processes, and other key issues in the field * Offers a visually appealing full-color interior * Provides a strong pedagogical program, which includes numerous boxes, figures, tables, maps, questions, lively examples, and case studies * Enhanced by a comprehensive Companion Website featuring resources for both instructors--including a Test bank, question bank, PowerPoint-based lecture slides, and figures and tables from the book--and students (multiple-choice questions, relevant weblinks, a news feed, video podcasts from the contributors, and a revision guide) NEW TO THIS EDITION * Includes two brand-new chapters on post structuralism and post colonialism * Updates all chapters in light of the latest global events including the 2008 financial crisis, forced migration, diplomacy, and religion * Adds three new contributors--international scholars Matthew Watson, Tony Evans, and Jack Donnelly * Updates the Companion Website, adding additional case studies for lecturers and an interactive library of links to journal articles, blogs, and video clips

Globalization: Studies in Anthropology

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Thomas Hylland Eriksen
Pluto Press, 2003 - 236pages

Globalisation has had a massive impact on the teaching and practice of anthropology. This important new book, edited by leading anthropologist Thomas Hylland Eriksen, addresses the methodological problems that these changes have wrought, and in doing so fills a major gap in the contemporary study and teaching of anthropology.The essays in this book show how the focus has shifted from traditional studies of specific sites, towards the movements and shifts assoicated with increasing migration and population flows -- the result of living in an increasingly globalised world. Written by a range of distinguished anthropologists, it offers innovative new approaches to the discipline in the light of these changes, making it indispensable as a teaching text, at higher levels, and as mandatory reading for practitioners and researchers in a wide range of merging disciplines. Topics explored include the methodology of studying on the internet; global and spatial identities in the Caribbean; shifting boundaries in coastal communities; the anthropology of political life; issues of law and the flow of human substances; and the diffusion of moral values created by globalisation.

Globalization and Terrorism: the Migration of Dreams and Nightmares

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Jamal Raji Nassar
Rowman & Littlefield, 2005 - 143 pages

Globalization and terrorism are both charged concepts; people use the terms loosely without regard for exactitude, often to further political ends. This book carefully defines these concepts, puts them in historical as well as political context, and amplifies the basics with an exploration of the way in which the dreams inspired by globalization can translate all too easily into the nightmare of terrorism. Visit our website for sample chapters!

Globalization and the Environment: Greening Global Political Economy

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Gabriela Kütting
SUNY Press, 2004 - 165pages

This groundbreaking study brings together economic globalization and the environment as never before. Gabriela Kutting argues for an "eco-holistic" approach that merges social, political, economic, and environmental analysis, so that a globalizing political economy may be understood in relation to environmental and social concerns. Key to this merging are the historical dimension of environmental-societal relations, the concept of consumption, and the concept of equity. To illustrate the utility of the eco-holistic approach, Kutting draws out the linkages between social and environmental degradation in West Africa, environmental and economic policies in the North, and the shopping habits of individual consumers, using cotton agriculture and the globalizing political economy of textiles as a case study.

Globalization from Below: Transnational Activists and Protest Networks


Donatella Della Porta
U of Minnesota Press, 2006 - 300pages

When violence broke out at the demonstrations surrounding the 2001 G8 summit in Genoa, Italy, the authors of this book were there. The protests proved to be a critical moment in the global justice movement.

Presenting the first systematic empirical research on the global justice movement, Globalization from Below analyzes a movement from the viewpoints of the activists, organizers, and demonstrators themselves. The authors traveled to Genoa with anti-G8 protesters and collected data from more than 800 participants. A year later, they surveyed 2,400 activists at the European Social Forum in Florence. To understand how this cycle of global protest emerged, they examine the interactions between challengers and elites, and discuss how these new models of activism fit into current social movement work.

Globalization from Below places the protests within larger debates, revealing and investigating the forces that led to a clash between demonstrators and the Italian government, which responded with violence.

Donatella della Porta is professor of political science; Massimiliano Andretta is a researcher in political science and sociology; Lorenzo Mosca is a researcher in information and communication technologies; Herbert Reiter is a researcher in history, all at the European University Institute.

Globalization: The Key Concepts

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Annabelle Mooney, Betsy Evans
Taylor & Francis, 2007 - 302pages

Viewed as a destructive force or an inevitability of modern society, globalization is the focus of a multitude of disciplines. A clear understanding of its processes and terminology is imperative for anyone engaging with this ubiquitous topic. Globalization: the Key Concepts offers a comprehensive guide to this cross-disciplinary subject and covers concepts such as: homogenization neo-Liberalism risk knowledge society time-space compression reflexivity. With extensive cross-referencing and suggestions for further reading, this book is an essential resource for students and interested readers alike as they navigate the literature on globalization studies.

Globalization, Governmentality and Global Politics: Regulation for The Rest of Us?

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Ronnie D. Lipschutz, James K. Rowe
Routledge, 2005 - 253pages

Globalization is moving fast, impacting on the life of nations with accelerating force. This book delivers a keen assessment of how it is being handled by specific groups seeking positive outcomes for the people and causes they represent. Transnational social regulation is increasingly becoming the product of private interventions into the areas of global trade, corporate behavior and consumerism. The widespread failure of states and corporations to regulate the impact of increased globalization has given rise to non-governmental organizations and movements, seeking to influence corporations regarding social responsibilities and to address concerns about human rights, environmental destruction, unhealthy working conditions and child labor. This study critically evaluates the effectiveness of private regulation, assessing both the issues and problems that have given rise to various movements and campaigns, and the movements themselves. Using three detailed case-studies on the clothing industry,sustainable forestry and corporate social responsibility more generally, he explores the consequent tension between politics and management in light of these actions and examines the theoretical implications of these forms of social regulation for politics, citizenship and the state. Finally, Lipschutz asks what we are to do and calls for a return to politics centered on the direct participation of the individual in the social choices that affect the conditions and making of their own lives, individually and collectively. This book is essential for students, researcher and activists studying and concerned about globalization, civil society, citizenship and human rights.

Globalization, Prostitution and Sex Trafficking: Corporeal Politics

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Elina Penttinen
Routledge, 2008 - 167pages

P Globalization has been traditionally interpreted as a phenomenon that takes place at the macro level and is determined by states and markets. This volume takes a different approach to understanding globalization, showing how through the global sex trade, globalization is embodied and enacted by individuals. /P P Elina Penttinen illustrates how the global sex industry feeds on complex global flows. Drawing on extensive fieldwork on the trafficking of Russian and Baltic female sex workers, she demonstrates how the embodiment and reiteration of globalization on the bodies of gendered individuals are tied to the larger processes of globalization. Appadurai's framework of landscapes of globalization is developed into a framework of shadow sexscapes in order to show how the global sex industry feeds on complex global flows and in turn operates as a form of shadow globalization. /P P EM Globalization, Prostitution and Sex Trafficking /EM will be of interest to students and researchers of internationalrelations, globalization and gender studies. /P

Globalization, Wages and the Quality of Jobs: Five Country Studies

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World Bank
World Bank Publications, 2009 - 282pages

Since the early 1990s, most developing economies have become more integrated with the world's economy. Trade and foreign investment barriers have been progressively lifted and international trade agreements signed. These reforms have led to important changes in the structures of these economies. The labor markets have adjusted to these major changes, and workers were required to adapt to them in one way or another.In 2006, the Social Protection Unit of the World Bank launched an important research program to understand the impact that these profound structural changes have had on workers in developing countries. 'Globalization, Wages, and the Quality of Jobs: Five Country Studies' presents the findings and insights of this important research program. In particular, the authors present the similar experiences of low-income countries with globalization and suggest that low-income countries' working conditions have improved in the sectors exposed to globalization. However, 'Globalization, Wages, and the Quality of Jobs' also highlights concerns about the sustainability of these improvements and that the positive demonstration effects on the rest of the economy are unclear.The empirical literature that exists, although vast, does not lead to a consensus view on globalization's eventual impact on labor markets. Understanding the effects of globalization is crucial for governments concerned about employment, working conditions, and ultimately, poverty reduction. Beyond job creation, improving the quality of those jobs is an essential condition for achieving poverty reduction. 'Globalization, Wages, and the Quality of Jobs' adds to the existing literature in two ways. First, the authors provide a comprehensive literature review on the current wisdom on globalization and present a micro-based framework for analyzing globalization and working conditions in developing countries. Second, the authors apply this framework to five developing countries: Cambodia, El Salvador, Honduras, Indonesia, and Madagascar. This volume will be of interest to government policy makers, trade officials, and others working to expand the benefits of globalization to developing countries.

A Globalizaootion Handbook

A Globalizaootion Handbook:
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43 pages

Governance in a Globalizing World

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Joseph S. Nye, John D. Donahue
Brookings Institution Press, 2000 - 386pages

Far from being another short-lived buzzword, globalization refers to real changes. These changes have profound impacts on culture, economics, security, the environmentand hence on the fundamental challenges of governance. This book asks three fundamental questions: How are patterns of globalization currently evolving? How do these patterns affect governance? And how might globalism itself be governed? The first section maps the trajectory of globalization in several dimensionseconomic, cultural, environmental, and political. For example, Graham Allison speculates about the impact on national and international security, and William C. Clark develops and evaluates the concepts of environmental globalization. The second section examines the impact of globalization on governance within individual nations (including China, struggling countries in the developing world, and the industrialized democracies) and includes Elaine Kamarcks assessment of global trends in public-sector reform. The third section discusses efforts to improvise new approaches to governance, including the role of non-governmental institutions, the global dimensions of information policy, and Dani Rodriks speculation on global economic governance.

Indegenous Movements and Globalization

Indegenous Movements and Globalization:
What Is Different?What Is The Same?

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Thomas D. Hall

Dept of Sociology and Antropology
DePauw University
2006, 15 pages

Globalization and Geopolitics in the Middle East: Old Games, New Rules

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Anoushiravan Ehteshami
Taylor & Francis, 2007 - 258pages

Examining globalization in the Middle East, this book provides a much needed assessment of the impact of globalization in the ?greater? Middle East, including North Africa, in the context of the powerful geopolitical forces at work in shaping the region today. Written by a well-known authority in this area, this book demonstrates that, unlike in other regions, such as East Asia, geopolitics has been a critical factor in driving globalization in the Middle East. The author argues that whereas elsewhere globalisation has opened up the economy, society, culture and attitudes to the environment; in the Middle East it has had the opposite effect, with poor state formation, little interregional trade, foreign and interregional investment, and reassertion of traditional identities. This book explores the impact of globalization on the polities, economies and social environment of the greater Middle East, in the context of the region?s position as the central site of global geopolitical competitionat the start of the twenty-first century.

Globalization and Religious Nationalism in India: The Search for Ontological Security

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Catarina Kinnvall
Taylor & Francis, 2006 - 222pages

Exploring the effects of globalization in India and the problem of identity formation, this book contributes to the theoretical and empirical debate on identity, globalization, religious nationalism and (in)security.

The author puts forward a new approach based on political psychology, to interpret identity construction, which is seen as an individualized process where interactions of the global and the local are intimately implicated. Thereby, this book presents a psychological analysis of how increased insecurity affects individuals' and groups' attachments to religious nationalism in an era of globalization.

Developing an interesting angle on a recognized issue of concern in the politics of South Asia, and much more broadly in the context of the contemporary world and developing global politics, this is a valuable addition to normative critical social theory and the debate on identity and culture in political science and international relations, appealing to an inter-disciplinary audience.

Globalization and Social Movement: Islamism, Feminism, and the Global Justice Movement

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Valentine M. Moghadam
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2009 - 168pages

Deftly combining nuanced theory with rich empirical examples, leading scholar Valentine M. Moghadam shows how both physical and electronic mobility has helped to create dynamic global social movements. Exploring the historical roots of Islamism, feminism, and global justice, the book also shows how these movements have been stimulated by relatively recent globalization processes, including neoliberalism, war, and hegemonic masculinities. Moghadam examines similarities and differences among the three movements, along with internal differentiation within each. Her argument is informed by feminism, world-systems, world polity, and social movement theories in a seamlessly integrated framework that will be essential reading for all students of globalization. Book jacket.

Critical theories, International Relation and the Anti Globalization Movement: The Politics of Global Resistance

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Catherine Eschle
Routledge, 2005 - 264 pages

Financial Globalization and Democracy in Emerging Market

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Leslie Elliott Armijo
Palgrave, 2001 - 370pages

When Mexico's peso crisis occurred in December 1994, all of Latin America experienced the "tequila effect." In January 1998, after seven months of financial turmoil in East Asia, Alan Greenspan, the normally reticent Chairman of the US Federal Reserve Bank, noted that such "vicious cycles...may, in fact, be a defining characteristic of the new high-tech international financial system." Financial Globalization and Democracy in Emerging Markets examines the impact of the new, highly liquid, portfolio capital flows on governments, opposition politicians, business, and labor in such emerging market countries as Mexico, Brazil, Russia, India, Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia.

Globalization and Conflict: National Security in a 'New' Strategic Era

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Robert G. Patman
Taylor & Francis, 2006 - 266pages

The conventional wisdom since the suicide attacks of 9/11 is that the world has been transformed and, according to President Bush, "September 11 changed the strategic thinking" of the US. Challenging both of these assumptions, this volume highlights the gap between the new security environment and the notion of state-centered national security favored by Washington, and shows how a Cold War phenomenon known as the national security state, in which defense and foreign policy interests essentially converge, remains largely intact. Indeed, the Bush administration's National Security strategy of 2002 has reinvigorated and even extended the idea of national security. Paradoxically, the renewed emphasis on a distinctly state-centered approach to security, including the war on terror, has unfolded during an era of deepening globalization. This book is one of the first major attempts to identify what is novel and what is constant in today's strategic landscape. Drawing on the international expertise offourteen specialists, the book examines four inter-related themes. These embrace the impact of globalization on the concept of security; the strategic outlook of the world's only superpower, the US; the new conflicts that have come to characterize the post-Cold War era; and efforts to regulate the emerging patterns of conflict in the world. This volume will be essential reading for students of strategic studies, security studies and international relations.

Globalization and Governance

Globalization and Governance

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Aseem Prakash, Jeffrey A. Hart
Routledge, 1999 - 338pages

Gobalization and Governanceis an impartial collection written for researchers and students of political science and international relations, international political economy or world politics.

Globalization, Public Opinion and the State: Western Europe and East and Southeast Asia

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Takashi Inoguchi, Ian Marsh
Routledge, 2008 - 314pages

This is first integrated book-length account of citizen responses to the new global order. Based on a comprehensive survey, administered at the end of 2000, in nine European and nine Asian countries, this book demonstrates the diverse responses to globalization, within, and between, two of the world's major ? and most globally integrated ? regions. Globalization, Public Opinion and the State is a pioneering empirical study, drawing on 18,000 interviews across these 18 European and Asian countries supported by the Japanese Ministry of Education. The Asian-Europe Survey is one of the largest of its kind ever conducted, and provides the book with a wealth of novel data on public opinion and social attitudes that identify the linkages between national/regional policy responses and the political and policy orientations of the publics affected. The book uses theoretical insights to situate these public responses and reactions to globalization; and it addresses one question in particular: donation states matter in how citizens come to view regional and global engagement? Rather than offering another theory about globalization, this book presents much-needed empirical findings that help us decide between arguments about the public impact of globalization cross-nationally. This book breaks new ground as there no other comprehensive study in this field.

Globalization and International Law

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David J. Bederman
Palgrave Macmillan, 2008 - 244pages

Globalization has come to mean all things to all people, but its legal aspects have been largely ignored, even though its ambit includes the permissible realm of all international legal regulation. This short volume develops a set of provocative theses: globalism is not new; it is neither legally inevitable nor irreversible; and international legal systems and institutions can assert only a special and limited influence on globalizing developments. The book considers what legal objectives are being pursued by globalism and to what ends. Are globalizing trends for international law likely to continue? What are the legitimate limits of these legal and regulatory institutions? This book will be of interest to international relations specialists, scholars, practitioners of international law, and proponents and critics of globalization alike. Book jacket.

Globalization: A Very Short Introduction

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Manfred B. Steger
Oxford University Press, 2003 - 147pages

'Globalization' has become the buzz-word of our time. A growing number of scholars and political activists have invoked the term to describe a variety of changing economic, political, cultural, ideological, and environmental processes that are alleged to have accelerated in the last few decades. Rather than forcing such a complex social phenomenon into a single conceptual framework, Manfred Steger presents globalization in plain, readable English as a multifaceted process encompassing global, regional, and local aspects of social life. In addition to explaining the various dimensions of globalization, the author explores whether globalization should be considered a 'good' or 'bad' thing - a question that has been hotly debated in classrooms, boardrooms, and on the streets.

New Dialectics and Political Economy

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Robert Albritton, John Simoulidis
Palgrave Macmillan, 2003 - 218pages

Many of the leading thinkers on dialectics in the Marxian tradition have collaborated here to put forward and debate challenging new perspectives on the nature and importance of dialectics. The issues dealt with range from the philosophical consideration of the precise nature of dialectical reasoning, to dialectics and economic theory, and to more concrete concerns such as how dialectics can help us think about globalization, freedom, inflation, and subjectivity.

A Global Ethic for Global Politics and Economics

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Hans Küng
Oxford University Press, 1998 - 315pages

As the twentieth century draws to a close and the rush to globalization gathers momentum, political and economic considerations are crowding out vital ethical questions about the shape of our future. Now, Hans Kung, one of the world's preeminent Christian theologians, explores these issues in a visionary and cautionary look at the coming global society. How can the new world order of the twenty first century avoid the horrors of the twentieth? Will nations form a real community or continue to aggressively pursue their own interests? Will the Machiavellian approaches of the past prevail over idealism and a more humanitarian politics? What role can religion play in a world increasingly dominated by transnational corporations? Kung tackles these and many other questions with the insight and moral authority that comes from a lifetime's devotion to the search for justice and human dignity. Arguing against both an amoral realpolitik and an immoral resurgence of laissez faire economics, Kung defines a comprehensive ethic founded on the bedrock of mutual respect and humane treatment of all beings that would encompass the ecological, legal, technological, and social patterns that are reshaping civilization. If we are going to have a global economy, a global technology, a global media, Kung argues, we must also have a global ethic to which all nations, and peoples of the most varied backgrounds and beliefs, can commit themselves. "The world," he says, "is not going to be held together by the Internet." For anyone concerned about the world we are creating, A Global Ethic for Global Politics and Economics offers equal measures of informed analysis, compassionate foresight, and wise counsel.

Encyclopedia of Political Economy

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Phillip O'Hara
Routledge, 2003 - 667pages

This authoritative work is the first fully refereed A-Z compendium of the main concepts, problems, institutions, schools and policies associated with political economy. The entries emphasize the application of the principles of political economy to real world problems such as inflation, unemployment, development and financial instability, and provide valuable suggestions for further reading. The work covers all of the major areas in this growing field. In addition to serving as an authoritative reference source for all levels, this work offers a comprehensive introduction to the field for undergraduates taking courses in political economy or graduate students coming to the field for the first time.

Entries include: anarchism, bioeconomics, business ethics, contradictions, corporate objectives, financial crises, foreign aid, game theory, global liberalism, Great Depression, industrial relations, Karl Marx, patriarchy, precapitalist world systems, racism, rationality, Schumpeterian competition, social fabric matrix, social wage, Piero Sraffa.