By Don Robotham
'Robotham deals right here a clear-headed exposé of the boundaries of classical liberalism within the face of worldwide construction at the present time. His topic is either pressing and iconoclastic. there's an strange readability concerning the exposition and a force that comes from passionate engagement mixed with lengthy event, analyzing and mirrored image' - Keith Hart, Goldsmiths university, London
In Culture, Society and economic climate , Don Robotham examines the failure of modern social thought to know the issues of globalization and the emergence of company monopoly capital, and units out his personal argument for an intensive solution.
In , Don Robotham examines the failure of contemporary social thought to know the issues of globalization and the emergence of company monopoly capital, and units out his personal argument for a thorough solution.
He argues that the overlook of economics via either cultural reports and social thought has weakened the power to increase potential possible choices to provide day capitalist globalization. With deep wisdom of, and connection with, present occasions and modern traits, the writer offers a close critique of:
- cultural experiences, specifically Stuart corridor and Paul Gilroy;
- Giddens' conception of 'risk society';
- Scott Lash and John Urry's 'economies of indicators and space';
- Manuel Castells' concept of 'network society'.
The ultimate chapters make a special argument that the answer to the issues of globalization lies in additional globalization instead of adopting an anti-globalization or 'localization' place. Don Robotham proposes greater centralized associations for governing the area economic system, in different phrases - international government.
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