With the ‘cultural turn’, the concept of culture has assumed enormous importance in our understanding of the interrelations between social, political, and economic structures, patterns of everyday interaction, and systems of meaning-making. In The SAGE Handbook of Cultural Analysis, the leading figures in their fields explore the implications of this paradigm shift. Addressed to academics and advanced students in all fields of the social sciences and humanities, this Handbook is at once a synthesis of advances in the field, with a comprehensive coverage of the scholarly literature, and a collection of original and provocative essays by some of the brightest intellectuals of our time.

Globalization and Cultural Flows/Networks

Globalization and cultural flows/networks

The phenomenon of globalization has been widely discussed in most social science disciplines (Robertson, 2001: p. 458)1 but, to date, nothing has appeared that corresponds to a general theory of globalization. There is considerable disagreement about the extent to which globalization has actually taken place in the economic, political and cultural realms. Held et al. (1999) identify three positions in this debate over globalization: the hyperglobalist, who argues that globalization is far advanced and predicts the immanent demise of nation states, the transformationalist, who argues that nation states are being irrevocably changed by globalization, and the sceptic, who asserts the continuing power and importance of the nation state.

An example of the latter point of view is found in ...

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