Globalization: Social Theory and Global Culture

SAGE, 27.07.1992 - 211 Seiten
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A stimulating appraisal of a crucial contemporary theme, this comprehensive analysis of globalizaton offers a distinctively cultural perspective on the social theory of the contemporary world.

This perspective considers the world as a whole, going beyond conventional distinctions between the global and the local and between the universal and the particular. Its cultural approach emphasizes the political and economic significance of shifting conceptions of, and forms of participation in, an increasingly compressed world. At the same time the book shows why culture has become a globally contested issue - why, for example, competing conceptions of 'world order' have political and economic consequences.

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Globalization as a Problem
The Cultural Turn
Mapping the Global Condition
WorldSystems Theory Culture and Images
Japanese Globality and Japanese Religion
The UniversalismParticularism Issue
Civilization Civility and the Civilizing Process
Globalization Theory and Civilization Analysis
Globality Modernity and the issue of Postmodernity
Globalization and the Nostalgic Paradigm
The Search for Fundamentals in Global Perspective
Concluding Reflections

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Seite 8 - Globalization as a concept refers both to the compression of the world and the intensification of consciousness of the world as a whole . . . both concrete global interdependence and consciousness of the global whole
Seite 141 - Globalisation can thus be defined as the intensification of worldwide social relations which link distant localities in such a way that local happenings are shaped by events occurring many miles away and vice versa.
Seite 103 - But this repatriation or export of the designs and commodities of difference continuously exacerbates the internal politics of majoritarianism and homogenization, which is most frequently played out in debates over heritage. Thus the central feature of global culture today is the politics of the mutual effort of sameness and difference to cannibalize one another and thus to proclaim their successful hijacking of the twin Enlightenment ideas of the triumphantly universal and the resiliently particular.
Seite 21 - Globalization is directly the result of the interaction between 'nationalism' and internationalism, and less directly of all the preceding stages. The principle of globalization 'results from the freedom individual sociologists have to work with other individuals anywhere on the globe and to appreciate the worldwide processes within which and on which they work' (Albrow, 1990: 7). 'A universal discourse has arisen with multiple interlocutors based on different regions and cultures,' says Albrow....
Seite 54 - ... grand alliance' between two or more dynasties or nations; the victory of 'the universal proletariat"; the global triumph of a particular form of organized religion; the crystallization of 'the world spirit'; the yielding of nationalism to the ideal of 'free trade'; the success of the world-federalist movement; the world-wide triumph of a trading company; or in yet other ways. Some of these have held sway at certain moments in world history. Indeed, in coming to terms analytically with the contemporary...
Seite 58 - ... and the system of international relations, conceptions of individuals and of humankind. It is in terms of the shifting relationships between and the 'upgrading' of these reference points that globalization has occurred in recent centuries.
Seite 50 - I consider it to be of the utmost importance for us to realize fully that much of the conventional sociology which has developed since the first quarter of the twentieth century has been held in thrall by the virtually global institutionalization of the idea of the culturally cohesive and sequestered national society during the main phase of 'classical' sociology (Robertson, 1990a).

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