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Global Modernities is a sustained commentary on the international character of the most microcosmic practices. It demonstrates how the global increasingly informs the regional, so deconstructing ideas like the `nation-state' and `national sovereignty'. The spatialization of social theory, hybridization and bio-politics are among the critical issues discussed.

Global System, Globalization and the Parameters of Modernity
Global system, globalization and the parameters of modernity
JonathanFriedman
Two Versions of the Global

There are today many versions of global theorizing and analysis and there is all too often a tendency to conflate them, even where they represent virtually opposing views of the nature of the ‘global’. Below I should like to distinguish two very different approaches to global process. The first is a rather recent development combining interests from literary studies, Birmingham inspired cultural sociology,1 which has focused on globalization as a recognition of what is conceived as increasing world-wide interconnections, interchanges and movements of people, images and commodities. The second is what I shall refer to as the global systems approach, which developed somewhat earlier as a ...

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