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Distant Proximities : Dynamics beyond Globalization - James N. Rosenau

Distant Proximities

Dynamics beyond Globalization

Paperback Published: 30th March 2003
ISBN: 9780691095240
Number Of Pages: 456

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Has globalization the phenomenon outgrown "globalization" the concept? In "Distant Proximities," one of America's senior scholars presents a work of sweeping vision that addresses the dizzying anxieties of the post-Cold War, post-September 11 world. Culminating the influential reassessment of international relations he began in 1990 with "Turbulence in World Politics," James Rosenau here undertakes the first systematic analysis of just how complex these profound global changes have become. Among his many conceptual innovations, he treats people-in-the-street as well as activists and elites as central players in what we call "globalization."

Deftly weaving striking insights into arresting prose, Rosenau traces the links and interactions between people at the individual level and institutions such as states, nongovernmental organizations, and transnational corporations at the collective level. In doing so he masterfully conveys how the emerging new reality has unfolded as events abroad increasingly pervade the routines of life at home and become, in effect, distant proximities.

Rosenau begins by distinguishing among various local, global, and private "worlds" in terms of their inhabitants' orientations toward developments elsewhere. He then proceeds to cogently analyze how the residents of these worlds shape and are shaped by the diverse collectivities that crowd the global stage and that sustain such issues as human rights, corruption, the global economy, and global governance.

Throughout this richly imaginative, fluidly written book, Rosenau examines how anti-globalization protests and the terrorist attacks on America amount to quintessential distant proximities. His book is thus a pathbreaking inquiry into the dynamics that lie beyond globalization, one that all thoughtful observers of the world scene will find penetrating and provocative.

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"In this sweeping study of global change, Rosenau argues that the world is undergoing an epochal transformation driven by relentless scientific and technological advances that collapse time and distance and alter the dimensions of political space... Rosenau convincingly illustrates the increasing complexity of global relationships."--Foreign Affairs "James Rosenau's book is no doubt his magnum opus, providing a detailed, multi-faceted analysis of globalization's complexities in an ever-shrinking world of uncertainty, change, and contradiction."--Cecilia Ann Winters, Journal of Economic Issues

List of Figures and Tablesp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Theoretical Perspectives: Recasting Global Lifep. 1
An Emergent Epochp. 3
People, Collectivities, and Changep. 18
Sources and Consequences of Fragmegrationp. 50
Local Worldsp. 79
Global Worldsp. 118
Private Worldsp. 153
Movement among Twelve Worldsp. 170
Emergent Spaces, New Places, and Old Faces: Immigrants and the Proliferation of Identitiesp. 184
Conceptual Equipment: Retooling the Storehousep. 203
Normative and Complexity Approachesp. 205
The Skill Revolutionp. 232
The Information Revolution: Both Powerful and Neutralp. 256
Structures of Authority: In Crisis or in Place?p. 273
Spheres of Authorityp. 293
Issues, Processes, and Structures as Distant Proximitiesp. 315
Progress toward Human Rightsp. 317
Retreat from Human Rights: The Challenge of Systemic Hatredp. 336
Corruption as a Global Issuep. 348
Prosperity and Povertyp. 369
Governance in Fragmegrative Spacep. 390
Postscriptp. 403
A Transformed Observer in a Transforming World: Confessions of a Pre-Postmodernistp. 405
Author Indexp. 421
Subject Indexp. 427
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ISBN: 9780691095240
ISBN-10: 0691095248
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 456
Published: 30th March 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.66