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Global Culture

Global Culture
Nationalism, Globalization and Modernity

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August 1990 | 416 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
More than ever before, people, ideas, commodities, money, and information are moving freely across national frontiers. And as this occurs, it gives rise to several significant questions: Is a unified world culture emerging? If so, how will this affect the autonomy of existing cultures? Will they be supplanted by a unified culture, or can they maintain distinct identities? In this provocative volume, internationally recognized social scientists explore these questions and assess the impact--both positive and negative--of an emerging global culture. Many different explanations are put forth to explain the trends toward global unification, as well as their relation to an economic world system. The contributors also examine the emergence of "third cultures," such as international law, the financial markets, and mass media conglomerates, as elements which transcend national boundaries. And, in addition to analyzing the extent, causation, and consequences of a global culture, the contributors consider its implication for the social sciences. Global Culture will interest all scholars interested in political science, cultural studies, world-systems, development studies, and sociology. "Appadurai's article 'Disjunction and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy' does an excellent job of presenting five theoretical dimensions along which culture is transmitted from one society to another. . . . An insightful view into the question of global culture. Contributes to the reader's further understanding of the situations in which one lives and works. . . . An in-depth study of the materials presented here are certain to facilitate the reader's comprehension of the massive social, political and economic changes happening around us and to us on a daily basis. . . . Provides valuable information and questions to be considered by any educational person interested in more fully understanding the social movements and social changes prevalent in today's world." --Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling "This is a rich and stimulating collection of heterogeneous reflections on the theme of 'the global.' Rich in the variety of themes and perspectives . . . it is a series of windows on the world informed by thematic and theoretical sensibilities rather than a paradigm that unites the contributions. Since there are enough studies of global dynamics which are informed by theoretical paradigms, particularly in international relations and political economy, this collection, which thematizes the perplexities and paradoxes of globalization as a multidimensional process, is a welcome variation." --Development & Change

Mike Featherstone
Global Culture(s)
An Introduction

Roland Robertson
Mapping the Global Condition
Immanuel Wallerstein
Culture as the Ideological Background of the Modern World-System
Roy Boyne
Culture and the World-System
Immanuel Wallerstein
Culture as the World-System
A Reply to Roy Boyne

Alberg Bergesen
Turning World-Systems Theory on its Head
Peter Worsley
Models of the Modern World-System
Margaret Archer
Theory, Culture and Post-Industrial Society
Alain Touraine
The Idea of Revolution
Zygmunt Bauman
Modernity and Ambivalence
Anthony D Smith
Towards a Global Culture?
Friedrich H Tenbruck
The Dream of a Secular Ecumene
The Meaning and Limits of Policies of Development

Johann Arnason
Nationalism, Globalization and Modernity
Ulf Hannerz
Cosmopolitans and Locals in World Culture
Volkmar Gessner and Angelike Schade
Conflicts of Culture in Cross-Border Legal Relations
A Research Topic in the Sociology of Law

Yves Dezalay
The Big Bang and the Law
The Internationalization and Restructuration of the Legal Field

Arjun Appadurai
Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy
Jonathan Friedman
Being in the World
Globalization and Localization

John O'Neill
AIDS as a Globalizing Panic
Bryan S Turner
The Two Faces of Sociology
Global or National?

Stephen Mennell
Norbert Elias's Theory of Humanity as a Very Long-Term Social Process
Peter Beyer
Privatization and the Public Influence of Religion in Global Society
Anthony King
Architecture, Capital and the Globalization of Culture

`An impressive collection of essays focused on topics such as the possible emergence of a world culture, the character of the transnational culture of international law, financial markets and global media conglomerates, and the reactive possibilities of nationalist and fundamentalist movements. Pernicious perhaps to select from such a stimulating bunch but Bauman on Modernity and Ambivalence, Dezalay on the Big Bang and the Law, O'Neill on AIDS and Tenbruch on development policies indicate the quality of the field' - Network

`Provides some interesting and useful overviews and numerous individual insights into the debate of sociologists over the issues of local and global cultural analysis. The writing and editing are crisp, and arguments flow well' - Futures

`The contributors to this stimulating special issue of Theory, Culture & Society reflect on the causes and consequences of the rise of global society. GlobalCulture offers a timely report on work-in-progress at the limits of the discipline' - Sociology

`This is a rich and stimulating collection of heterogeneous reflections on the theme of `the global'. Rich in the variety of themes and perspectives' - Jan Nederveen Pieterse, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague

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