• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

Globalism, Nationalism, Tribalism establishes a new basis for understanding the changing nature of polity and community and offers unprecedented attention to these dominant trends. Paul James charts the contradictions and tensions we all encounter in an era of increasing globalization, from genocide and terrorism to television and finance capital.

Conclusion: Principles for a Postnational World
Conclusion: Principles for a postnational world

In this changing world, with increasing tensions between globalism, nationalism and localism, the search has intensified for an alternative to the current emphasis on militarized security, state-projected order and consumer-oriented freedom. Some people, for example, are beginning to put their faith in the new possibilities of postnationalism. From one perspective, those who live far from the madding crowd, present this subjectivity as a postmodern politics of retrieval. In effect, they want to retrieve colour and vitality from a past that has been subjected to the limitations of rational modernity and the dominating nation-state. This parallels the kind of nostalgia for the future with which I began this book. However, it is not just a ...

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