Globalization & Ideology
A Global Studies Perspective
Routledge – 2013 – 272 pages
Routledge – 2013 – 272 pages
This text provides the reader with a transdisciplinary, global studies perspective of the political significance of globalization as articulated in today’s three main globalisms: market globalism; justice globalism; and religious globalism. Globalization and Ideology: A Global Studies Perspective brings together subjective and objective aspects of globalization that are usually treated separately from each other. Focusing on the transformation of the contemporary ideological landscape, the book is divided into three parts containing an original preface and nine chapters. Collectively, the chapters respond to a broad range of questions, including:
• How are political ideologies and social imaginaries being transformed in the global age?
• What sorts of ideological claims are being generated by the three main globalisms?
• How do these political ideas play out in concrete social, political, and cultural contexts?
• How do globalisms shape urban spaces and popular images, and how, in turn, are they shaped by global ideologies?
• How are traditional academic disciplines like political theory responding to global flows of ideas and theories that cut across conventional scholarly boundaries?
• What does the fledgling field of global studies contribute to new forms of knowledge on these subjects?
• What is the relationship between globalizing ideologies and post-9/11 ‘American Empire’?
• Why has there been a surge of religious globalisms such as jihadist Islamism, Christian global fundamentalism, Falun Gong syncretism, and Buddhism?
• Is the World Social Forum an effective site of ideological counter-production, capable of generating appealing political visions of ‘another world’ opposed to market globalisms?
• Has the lingering Great Recession halted the worldwide ascent of neoliberalism or will it regain its former glory?
• Rather than reaching the ‘end of ideology’, are we entering a new era of (global) ideological struggle?
1. Introduction: Reassessing political ideologies: a global studies perspective PART I Globalisms in the 21st century 2. Market globalism after the Great Recession 3. Mapping the justice globalism of the World Social Forum 4. Religious globalisms unbound PART II Globalisms and Empires 5. Monologue of Empire versus global dialogue of cultures: the branding of *American values* 6. Post-Americanism and Chinese Empire 7. Obama, national populism, and the global imaginary PART III Globalizing ideas, spaces, and images 8. Global ideologies and urban landscapes: toward a new research agenda 9. Constructing the global imaginary: the ideological power of global mega-events 10. Beyond twitterism? justice globalism at Cairo*s Tahrir Square
Manfred B. Steger is Professor of Global Studies and Director of the Globalism Research Centre at RMIT University, Australia. In addition, he is Senior Research Fellow at the Globalization Research Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i, and an affiliated graduate faculty member with the Department of Political Science at the University of Hawai’i-Manoa.
Deane E. Neubauer is currently Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University of Hawaii, Manoa, where he has served as a Professor of Political Science since 1970. Professor Neubauer is also the Executive Director of the Globalization Research Network.