Local Lives and Global Transformations Towards World Society

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  • Copyright: 2010-01-15
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How does globalization impact upon our personal lives? What are its boundaries? This book examines how local and global studies interact. Filled with case studies and empirical research that show the ways in which real local lives function under global conditions, this book helps students push the boundaries of their understanding of globalization.

Author Biography

PAUL KENNEDY is Reader in Sociology at the Manchester Metropolitan University and is co-author of Global Sociology (with Robin Cohen).

Table of Contents

List of Boxesp. x
List of Acronymsp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Introduction: Global and Localp. 1
Setting the scenep. 1
An outline critique of some globalization theoriesp. 6
Fleshing out the idea of globalityp. 15
The organization of the textp. 18
Global Transformations
Theorizing Globalization: Linking the Worldp. 27
The de-territorialization of social lifep. 27
Global flows and scapesp. 31
Managing spatiality - the power of networksp. 35
Global mobilities and global complexityp. 41
Glocalizationp. 47
The meaning of global interconnectivities for social actorsp. 48
Appraisalp. 52
The Global Economy: Fragmented Workers - Mobile Capitalp. 53
How far does economic globalization shape our lives?p. 53
The turn towards a more predatory capitalismp. 56
Competing in the world labour marketp. 61
Living on the global assembly line - tying the world togetherp. 68
Corporate power and the transnational capitalist classp. 74
The rise of the transnational statep. 77
Appraisalp. 78
Migrants: Key Agents of Globalizationp. 81
The extent of migrationp. 81
Transnationalism - the changing nature of migration and its causesp. 85
Some consequences of transnational migration for host and home societiesp. 92
Migrants and their linkages to other agents of globalizationp. 94
Appraisalp. 102
Transnational Criminals and Terrorists: New Insecuritiesp. 103
Transnational crime - illicit pathways in the global economyp. 105
Explaining the upsurge of transnational crimep. 106
The changing nature of transnational crimep. 113
The links between transnational crime and other globalizing agentsp. 115
Contemporary terrorism in a globalizing worldp. 121
The dependence of terrorism on global disorderp. 126
Appraisalp. 132
Local Lives
The Resilient Local: Critiquing the Idea of the Hegemonic Globalp. 141
Escaping from the local-global binary dividep. 141
Rediscovering the power of place/localityp. 144
The demands and attractions of everyday lifep. 151
Surviving primordial cultural affiliations and identitiesp. 156
Appraisalp. 163
The Continuing Appeal of Local, Bubble Lives: Case Studiesp. 166
Transnational business elitesp. 166
Embedded, national, middle-class suburbanismp. 172
Enforced localization and working-class livesp. 177
Social exclusion and the distortion of localismp. 184
Football and local/national allegiancesp. 189
Appraisalp. 192
Asserting and Protecting Local Lives: Urban and Rural Resistancep. 193
Indigenous peoplesp. 195
Peasants and small farmersp. 198
Women against neo-liberalism and patriarchyp. 203
Young migrants: music, identity and urban localismp. 210
Appraisalp. 218
Paths towards a World Society
Globality and World Society: Micro-Actions and Interpersonal Relationsp. 225
Criteria for defining world society and a global consciousnessp. 225
Towards globality - sources of individual empowermentp. 228
Making world society - modes of operationp. 236
Case studiesp. 248
Appraisalp. 253
Looking Forwardp. 255
Notesp. 259
Bibliographyp. 263
Indexp. 283
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