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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.

Alternatives: A Global Approach to Anti-Globalization
Alternatives: A global approach to anti-globalization

This analysis appears to leave us with a dismal set of conclusions. The globalizers seem to be right: there is no credible alternative to globalization. Weber was not pessimistic enough. But do such conclusions follow?

What these problems emphasize is the urgent need for greater economic knowledge within social and cultural theory and a bringing together of the large literature analyzing socialist alternatives to capitalism with the anti-globalization critiques. There is today partly as a result of revulsion at neo-liberalism and capitalist globalization and the persistent culturalism criticized in this book, a profound lack of appreciation of market mechanisms on the left of the political spectrum. Here, it is often taken for granted that the ...

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