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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.

Constituting Customary Community
Constituting customary community

We have come a long way since the nineteenth-century representations of the savage – noble or otherwise.1 However, the view that customary and traditional tribalism is a simple and anachronistic vestige of past ways of life, ways of life that will gradually and inevitably submit to a kind of globalized genocide, still runs deep. Anthony Giddens's writings indicate an instructive split here between theory and ideology. It is a good starting point to this discussion, for he believes that customary community is already irrelevant. From a sophisticated theorist who writes with subtlety about the high-presence availability of tribal societies and the complexity of their time-space edges with other social formations comes a resounding death-knell. ‘Those societies’, he says, ‘in which ...

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