Globalization is a highly debated term, and struggles over its meaning are played out in a variety of ways, from academe and the media to the streets of Seattle, Melbourne and Genoa. This book provides a welcome introduction to the discourses, practices and technologies that have been grouped together under that term. It outlines the historical contexts of globalization, and addresses the politics of naming that are so central to the reproduction of the narratives and patterns of globalization. The authors examine specific sites that are being transformed by globalization such as capitalism, state governments, the media and cultural identity, and explore the notion of a post-globalization world. This will be a valuable book to undergraduate and MA students on communication, media, cultural studies, sociology, politics and development courses.

The State and Sovereignty

The state and sovereignty

We suggested in the previous chapters that debates about the reality of globalization were tied up with the politics of naming, the deployment of neoliberal ideologies through that naming, and the relationship between those ideologies and the changes in everyday life enabled by the new technologies. We also suggested that this ‘doxa’ of globalization operates, in John Frow's terms, as a discursive grid of power which passes over and through, and in the process transforms, people and identities, institutions and cultures, places and events.

One of the important transformations is that of the nation-state. According to some of the more enduring stories of globalization, the increasing significance of a global economy and communication network has gone hand in hand ...

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