Renowned author Ulrike Schuerkens presents an in-depth exploration of social transformations and developments. Combining an international approach with up-to-date research, the book: • Has dedicated chapters on contemporary topics including technology, new media, war and terror, political culture and inequality • Includes an analysis of societal structures – inequality, globalization, transnationalism • Contains learning features including: discussion questions, annotated further reading, chapter summaries, and pointers to online resources to assist with study A must buy for students taking modules in social change, social inequality, social theory, and globalization.

Conflict, Competition, Cooperation, and Global Change

Conflict, Competition, Cooperation, and Global Change

Summary

In our current global world characterized by the neoliberal credo, the notion of competition is becoming even more important as scholars begin to do research on the success or the failure of economic policies in various world regions characterized by different cultural life-worlds (Schuerkens, 2004 and 2008). The results of these studies of recent transformations of local socio-economic practices may have wider implications for development cooperation. Conflicts may thus be strongly based on aspects linked to particular cultures, a fact that would validate Huntington’s thesis that the central political actors of the twenty-first century will be civilizations rather than nation-states.

Introduction

In this chapter, I present the scientific meaning of the notions of conflict, competition, ...

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