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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.

Theory in the Shadow of Terror
theory in the shadow of terror

Across the globe, we face a general and slow crisis. The generality of the crisis is peculiar because, apart from environmentalists talking about the slow degradation of the planet through processes such as global warming, generalized doom-saying had until recently tended to retreat to the margins of social discourse. The crisis is marked, paradoxically, both by fast, localized episodes and by a ‘slow’ generality that seems to elude social theoretical explanation. The dual metaphor of immediacy and slowness helps us, at least provisionally, to evoke the continuous momentum of transformation over the past century and, at the same time, to encapsulate the various and immediate moments of upheaval. It is a crisis about which ...

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