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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.

Bodies and Symbols, Blood and Milk
Bodies and symbols, blood and milk

Even in this world of mass media, futures markets and Patriot missiles, the body-as-natural-symbol continues to contribute to how social groups create boundaries of identification. This process of identity formation takes various contradictory forms. For example, under conditions of late capitalism, cultivating one's identity has become increasingly commodified, objectified and individualized, with the dominant subjective emphasis turning on the individual as autonomous, self-active and self-forming. At the same time, under certain circumstances, we can still feel ourselves to be part of something palpable or beyond the self. In contemporary Western societies, even the most gregarious individual could not be said to have a meaningfully-textured relationships with more than a few dozen others, yet as ...

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