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Globalism, Nationalism, Tribalism : Bringing Theory Back in - Paul James

Globalism, Nationalism, Tribalism

Bringing Theory Back in

Paperback Published: 1st April 2006
ISBN: 9780761955146
Number Of Pages: 392

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`Paul James has written a magnificent account of the world's current condition, one that highlights the complexities and contradictions with which people, communities, and nations must contend and that does so in a compelling and creative style. Stressing the interaction between global and local forces, his writing style is lively and compelling as well as peppered with a wide range of citations, from Woman's Day to the Cambodian Daily (on the same page!)' - James N Rosenau, University Professor of International Affairs, The George Washington University

Globalism, Nationalism, Tribalism establishes a new basis for understanding the changing nature of polity and community and offers unprecedented attention to these dominant trends. Paul James charts the contradictions and tensions we all encounter in an era of increasing globalization, from genocide and terrorism to television and finance capital.

Globalism is treated as an uneven and layered process of spatial expansion, not simply one of disorder, fragmentation or rupture. Nor is it simply a force of homogenization.

Nationalism is taken seriously as a continuing and important formation of contemporary identity and politics. James rewrites the modernism theories of the nation-state without devolving into the postmodernist assertion that all is invention or surface gloss.

Tribalism is given the attention it has long warranted and is analyzed as a continuing and changing formation of social life, from the villages of Rwanda to the cities of the West.

Theoretically adept and powerfully argued, this is the first comprehensive analysis that brings these crucial themes of contemporary life together.

"Drawing on sociology, political theory, anthropology, and history, James provides a compelling theoretical framework for understanding the current tension between polity and community. A significant contribution to the globalization literature. Good notes and references." -- G. B. Osborne

Returning To A Theory of Social Formation
Social Relations in Tension
Contending Approaches in Outline
Theory in the Shadow of Terror
Rethinking Formations of Practice and Being
Constituting Customary Community
Communication and Exchange, Money and Writing
Time and Space, Calendars and Maps
Bodies and Symbols, Blood and Milk
Rewriting The History of The Present
State Formation
From Kingdoms and Empires to Nation-States
Nation Formation
From the Medieval to the Postmodern
Global Formation
From the Oecumene to Planet Exploitation
Conclusion
Principles for a Postnational World
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ISBN: 9780761955146
ISBN-10: 0761955143
Series: Theory, Culture and Society Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 1st April 2006
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.6