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.

Globalization, Counter-Memory, Practice

Globalization, Counter-Memory, Practice

Globalization, counter-memory, practice

We have argued in the previous chapters that globalization can be understood as a grid of discourses, practices, relations and values that passes over and transforms virtually every aspect of contemporary life. This does not mean it is all-encompassing, of course; some of the claims made against it–that the nation-state has become irrelevant, that there is no alternative to the economic system that dominates world markets, that everyone across the globe is part of a giant communication network–are exaggerated. But it is evident that this grid of globalization has changed the world and relations between its parts. Nations are more closely connected with one another, especially with others in their area, than was the case a century ago. The ‘turn ...

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