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‘Robotham offers here a clear-headed exposé of the limits of classical liberalism in the face of world production today. His theme is both urgent and iconoclastic. There is an unusual clarity about the exposition and a drive that comes from passionate engagement combined with long experience, reading and reflection’ — Keith Hart, Goldsmiths College, London. In Culture, Society and Economy, Don Robotham examines the failure of recent social theory to grasp the problems of globalization and the emergence of corporate monopoly capital, and sets out his own argument for a radical solution. He argues that the neglect of economics by both cultural studies and social theory has weakened the ability to develop viable alternatives to present day capitalist globalization. With deep awareness of, and reference to, current events and contemporary trends, the author presents a detailed critique of: ȁ cultural studies, in particular Stuart Hall and Paul Gilroy; Giddens' theory of ‘risk society’; Scott Lash and John Urry's ‘economies of signs and space’; Manuel Castells' theory of ‘network society’. The final chapters make a unique argument that the solution to the problems of globalization lies in more globalization rather than adopting an anti-globalization or ‘localization’ position. Don Robotham proposes more effective centralized institutions for governing the world economy, in other words — world government.

Introduction
Introduction

This book seeks to make seven main points. My first argument concerns the role that cultural studies have played in sidelining interest in economic questions in modern social sciences. The form in which this has been expressed is in ritual rejections of ‘economism’. The examples of this discussed are the works of Stuart Hall and Paul Gilroy While economism is certainly to be deplored, this term has been so loosely used that it has almost lost all meaning. The rejection of ‘economism’ has led to a decline in economic knowledge in cultural and sociological theory and a consequent weakening in the ability to develop convincing economic alternatives to capitalism and globalization. Above all, therefore, this book is an appeal for a return to the ...

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