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The Ends of Globalization

mohammed a. bamyeh
Copyright Date: 2000
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 210
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    The Ends of Globalization
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    An intervention into current debates about globalization, nationalism, imperialism, and culture, this book offers a cogent critique of much of what is being said about globalization, by both the Right and the Left. In doing so, it charts the complex processes of globalization, drawing out their historical and philosophical roots and outlining the connections between cultural, political, and economic life that globalization has made, historically and in our day. The Ends of Globalization is the most comprehensive and reasonable assessment of the much discussed and distorted phenomena of "globalization" that I have read. Bamyeh's account is deeply rooted in the philosophical_x000B_traditions and political and economic histories not only of the "West," but_x000B_also of an impressive assortment of "non-Western" sources and traditions._x000B_The combination of immense erudition, effortlessness, and lucidity combine_x000B_to make this a truly exciting read._x000B_--John Michael, author of Anxious Intellects: Academic Professionals,_x000B_Public Intellectuals, and Enlightment Values_x000B_

    eISBN: 978-0-8166-9165-4
    Subjects: Political Science

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Preface
    (pp. ix-xiv)
  4. Chapter 1 Governmentality and the New Global “Order”
    (pp. 1-58)

    If the nation-state continues to survive and imagine a purpose for itself in an era of unprecedented globalization, then it is only because there is nothing more historically recurrent than institutional ossification. In every epoch, sociopolitical bodies modeled after the demands of a bygone era never fail to resist, misrecognize, discount, or misinterpret the creeping signs of their own impending irrelevance. Grand, self-assured bodies with borrowed glory, like the ancien régime or contemporary misfits, can leave the scene only in disgrace. More salient sociopolitical structures, like the guilds of medieval Europe (which, as Fernand Braudel observed, were not formally dissolved...

  5. Chapter 2 The New Imperialism: Six Theses
    (pp. 59-88)

    Since the inception of modernity the phenomena of global power collectively known as “imperialism” have been seen largely as outcomes of grand economic logics and interests. As such, imperialism signified the extension into the realm of global politics of what had gradually become a defining feature of modern governance: that is, governance as custody over a new sense of national communion, formed by the integration of economic questions into the heart of politics and culture. Modern states, including those with little capacity for imperial extension, had until this moment derived both legitimacy and purpose from furthering large economic interests overseas,...

  6. Chapter 3 The Cultural Landscape of Globalization: Historical Notes
    (pp. 89-146)

    For our purposes, the notion of “culture” needs to be respecified in terms of transnationalization.¹ With respect to globalization, three basic elements readily stand out as major relevant ways of circumscribing the field of culture. One concerns the cultural status of national borders. Borders are interesting culturally insofar as they are transgressed, or inversely, insofar as they hold back an infusion of cultural signals from without. The notion of borders here, it must be stressed, refers toculturallymeaningful borders rather than to simply political, colonial, administrative, or enclave-like ones. Borders are culturally meaningful to the extent that they house...

  7. Conclusion: Control, Rationality, and Solidarity in the Global Age
    (pp. 147-158)

    Now I would like to draw what I think are the most pertinent and practical implications of the range of arguments presented in this volume. It is useful to revisit the analytical distinction among the three spheres of economy, politics, and culture that is common in studies of globalization. In particular, what is of interest here are those elements that reveal new patterns of dialogue and disjunction among such spheres.

    Research on patterns of economic life in the modern global era lends general support to three main observations.

    1. The obvious schemes of economic deregulation that one sees in most countries...

  8. Notes
    (pp. 159-174)
  9. Bibliography
    (pp. 175-184)
  10. Index
    (pp. 185-194)
  11. Back Matter
    (pp. 195-195)