Contesting Globalization: Space and Place in the World by André C. Drainville

By André C. Drainville

This booklet is an cutting edge and unique addition to the literature on globalization which examines the demanding situations confronted via these wishing to enhance innovative visions of obvious international governance and civil society. the writer lines the heritage and improvement of the associations of world governance (The global financial institution, IMF, WTO and so forth) in addition to the emergence of the anti-globalization flow. the writer argues that we're at a distinct second the place social forces have moved from nationwide and foreign struggles to an international fight and intervention on this planet economic system.

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It is at the heart of the ‘unitary’ mode of social relations to the world economy. The ‘civic’ mode is ideal-typically cosmopolitan. From sophists and cynics (who stood between polis, above citizens) to enlightenment philosophers (citizens of the cité de l’esprit who scorned real cities) and contemporary cosmopolites (who dwell in global conferences, universal exhibits, digital cities and other interstitial non-lieux), cosmopolitans have stood outside, or above, the miseries of context. From their miradors, they have viewed cities with detachment, as abstracted, bundled and levelled spaces where could be installed ‘geometric freedom’ (Le Corbusier 1994 [1925]).

Or else they busied themselves, à la Allisson and Aron, with micro-sociological studies of soldiers and diplomats working within the confines of a set world. Only works informed by critical theory that did not ‘take institutions and social power relations for granted but call[ed] them into question’ looked to global relationships and institutions as relatively autonomous loci of power, where terms of global order could be defined and limits to political possibilities set (Cox 1986b, 88). A generation later, numerous international institutions are addressing global problems and labouring to devise strategies ‘to bring more orderly and reliable responses to social and political issues that go beyond the capacities of states to address individually’ (Gordenker and Weiss 1996, 17).

Des incitations, des pulsions . . 18 For this reason, we will certainly keep works of transnational sociology in mind when the time comes to theorize the making of transnational subjects in the contemporary period. 19 We will also keep in mind the importance of new communication technology (this was certainly crucial in the making of anti-summit protests in Seattle, Prague and elsewhere). However, we will not take it that central political questions related to the making of transnational subjects have been dealt with once we have assembled a store of global practices.

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