Which "global Village"?: Societies, Cultures, and Political-economic Systems in a Euro-Atlantic Perspective

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Valeria Gennaro Lerda
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002 - 263 pages

The word village has the evocative power of ancient shared social values based on solidarity, equality, and common expectations for the betterment of life. The book's title is borrowed from McLuhan's apt metaphor, but questions its underlying assumptions. The contributors recast some of the basic elements of the complex phenomenon of the so-called globalization. Trade laws, industrial relations, economic and political systems are analyzed in a critical perspective. Moreover, environment and sustainable development, languages' rights, education, mobility and migrations are discussed in view of contemporary changes that societies are undergoing throughout the world. The vulnerability of societies caught up in new networks of interdependence due to reduced distances also are put to the fore, in the context of the new accelerated circulation of information, ideas, goods, and human beings. Provacative reading for scholars interested in a multinational, Euro-Atlanticist perspective on globalization.

The international discourse is most recently focused on some negative outgrowths of world economy, especially after the Seattle Round (December 1999) and its unexpected uprising of protests. The researches of the Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies (University of Genoa), in cooperation with scholars from Europe, Canada and the United States, offer in this collection of essays a multinational contribution which is part of their work in progress on the multifaceted issue of the contemporary global village. The book features some optimistic outcomes, and some worries about what the new millennium will not achieve, despite the common and transnational efforts, that is to say a fair re-distribution of resources to reach what R. W. Fogel defines a post-modern equality, based on values as well as on material wealth. In sum, the essayists wonder if some of the hidden promises of globalization will develop in a better new century.

 

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Contents

Introductory Outline Global Village or Global Pillage? A New Architecture and New Architects Jeremy Brecher
xix
The Local and the Global in Financial Crises Elmar Altvater
5
The Uneasiness of Globalization Notes on the Role of Migrations in the World Society Alessandro Dal Lago
19
Globalization Without Enemies or Enemies of Globalization? Luca Burgazzoli
37
Mobility in the Globalized Economy Vincenzo Li Donni
47
Industrial Relations and Globalization Some Reflections Based on the Canadian Experience Gilles Trudeau
59
The United States and Europe in the New World Order
77
The Audacity of America Historical Origins of the New World Order Bruce Daniels
79
Toward a Cosmopolitan Society? Ecology Languages Gender and Education
151
Mondo Esotico Globalization Through GreenColored Glasses Jack Temple Kirby
153
Globalization and Problems of Intergraded Analysis in the Processes of Territorialization Deterritorialization and Reterritorialization Caused by the N...
165
Reconciling Economics and Ecology to Address Global Issues J Terry Rolfe
177
Language and Law in the Era of Globalization Joseph G Turi
189
The Pathologization of the Female Body in the PostFordist Era Notes for Feminist Considerations about Globalization Augusta Molinari
199
Globalization and Its Challenge to Higher Education Some Reflections of a European Americanist Educator and LifeLong Learner Dorothea Steiner
209
Globalization and the Prospects for Cosmopolitan Society Barrie Axford
225

Oppositional Tendencies to the More or Less OneParty System in the United States Malcolm Sylvers
87
Globalization The Role of Parties and Movements in the Democratic Transition Andrea Mignone
105
Continental Drift European Integration and American Hegemony Stephen Burman
127
The Impact of Globalization on the American South Culture Ecology and Economy David Goldfield
141
Concluding Remarks Ferdinando Fasce
243
Index
247
About the Editor and the Contributors
257
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VALERIA GENNARO LERDA is Professor of North American History, Universtiy of Genoa, Italy.

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