Subject Area: Globalization
This study explores the changing conceptualization of social/cultural/gender/ethnic identities in contemporary China under the crushing power of capitalist globalization. His analysis integrates the ’cultural studies’ approach into the survey of contemporary Chinese society and culture. He selected verbal/visual texts range from rock music, bestsellers, and film to advertisements and TV commercials. Chapters include a review of ‘Chinese-ness’ as a geopolitical and cultural concept; an examination of Chinese rock singer Cui Jian; gender identity, as seen in contemporary feminist writing in Wei Hui’s Shanghai Jewel, and gay literature such as Wang Xiaobo’s novella “East Palace, West Palace”; and finally examines ethnic identity through the writing of Zhaxi Dawa (Turbulent Shambhala) and other ethnic minority writers.2010 0-7734-3799-1
This book critically considers the current trend to global interactivity in the area of Higher Education and asks the question who is all this mobility meant to profit? Drawing a distinction between educational effectiveness and educational efficiency it argues strongly that the focus on student learning ought not to be lost in the international progression towards corporate universities.2000 0-7734-7670-9
This volume brings together the work of philosophers, legal theorists, political scientists, and social scientists who are concerned over ethnic and cultural conflicts: the conflict between the need to adopt and enforce universal norms in the international community and the demand that we respect cultural differences; conflicts between individual and group interests; cultural conflict and globalization in relation to liberal theories of justice and economic development, and others.2010 0-7734-1328-6
This book documents the impact of democratization, globalization and European
integration on the Romanian music education system since the Revolution in 1989.
Particular emphasis is placed on government deregulation of public music education.2009 0-7734-4676-1
This is the first ethnographical work on Malaysia written in the Spanish-speaking world, and one of the few contributions to the study of the culture and economy of Southeast Asia made in Spain. It makes at this point a relevant contribution to the understanding of the process of underdevelopment and the interconnection between policy and economy in a context of unequal, highly competitive, ethnic and intra-ethnic relationships.
In Spanish.2006 0-7734-5870-0
Vietnam has set 2005 as the target date for accession to the World Trade Organization. This momentous occasion would mark another milestone in Vietnam’s decades-long re-entry into the global community. Since the mid-1980s, the Vietnamese Communist Party has sought a difficult balancing act that bifurcates liberalism into two forms; one acceptable (economic) and one unacceptable (political). While Vietnam’s decision-makers have decided that entry into the global system of economic liberalism will complement the country’s economic development goals, the Vietnamese Communist Party has yet to eagerly embrace political liberalism. This volume addresses the domestic and international context of Vietnam’s global integration challenges with particular focus on the ruling party debate over liberalization; necessary economic and legal adjustments for WTO accession and the subsequent new challenges to the party’s legitimacy; emergence of civil society as a potentially empowered political actor; and the relationship between Vietnam and the United States. This volume finds that Vietnam’s accession may create as many new problems for Vietnam’s leadership, while aggravating extant tensions between urban and rural populations. It is clear that WTO accession is intended to bolster the economic legitimacy of the Communist Party, yet offers little respite from growing political and social challenges for the party in the 21st century.1999 0-7734-7968-6
This work explores topics such as: globalism, justice, and federalism; State sovereignty; world community; violence and coercion; and designing social institutions.2006 0-7734-5691-0
This book examines, in thematic and stylistic terms, the six novels that Kazuo Ishiguro has published so far. It is the first study to advance an argument linking these works to wider issues in the interpretation of migrant and cosmopolitan literature. Individual chapters examine Ishiguro’s appropriation of exotic fiction, the countryhouse novel, the high-modernist European novel, detective fiction, and science fiction. From early works that tackle the exigencies of immigrant self-fashioning through the critique of essentialist depictions of Japanese sociality, Ishiguro went on to criticize English exceptionalism in the Booker prize-winning novel, The Remains of the Day
. His misrecognition as a supplier of English and Japanese authenticity is adduced as evidence for the fabulist turn of his subsequent work, suggesting that his writing is typified by a propensity to rework the substance of earlier novels in response to their critical and popular reception. Ishiguro breaks new ground in his last two books by raising the issues of distributive justice, progressive nostalgia, and the role of utopian imaginative discourse. This trajectory suggests a need to re-examine dominant theoretical tendencies, in particular those that draw colorful portraits of the delights afforded by cultural flows and exchanges within a decentered and borderless post-imperial global order.2003 0-7734-6679-7
These essays show how Shakespeare as a cultural commodity was imported, appropriated, and exploited in countries around the world in the 19th century. The studies cover not only Great Britain, the USA, and Germany, but also Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Lithuania, Russia, Brazil, Argentina, and Japan. Essays are grouped by the type of appropriation they emphasize: translations and adaptations, performances and theater, scholarship and criticism, or inspirations for visual arts and creative writing. With illustrations.2006 0-7734-5627-9
In this timely collection, an international group of linguists, literary scholars and cultural historians addresses crucial issues facing educators in the field of English today. What is the value of the discipline? Which skills can we impart to students? How can we better use our field’s resources? For the authors and editors, interdisciplinarity helps to answer these questions, but only when approached self-critically and applied with methodological rigor. Joined by that shared concern, these essays – ranging from Shakespearean drama to South African fiction, from cultural materialism to stylistics – run the gamut of academic discourses and methodologies, offering practical suggestions for a process of rejuvenating English Studies.2008 0-7734-5029-7
This work provides insiders’ examinations of Japan’s public policy responses to globalization and illuminates the dichotomy between practices which asymmetrically benefit Japan and the rhetoric it employs to justify initiatives which may or may not contribute to global peace and prosperity.2006 0-7734-5701-1
The impact of globalization on the American Southwest is the subject of this study. Globalization means more than goods or services moving globally. Renaissance Europeans believed that the Garden of Eden existed in actuality. Columbus claimed that he had recovered it and attributed primitive Christianity to the natives he found. Also, Europeans imposed pre-conceived social constructs of race and ethnicity upon these natives. Global migrations of people also impacted the area, starting with the First Americans and continuing with the migrations that followed Columbus. The globalization of technology, science, language, and disease played parts as well. These, however, did not eradicate Indians or their culture. Global wars influenced the Southwest through military bases and social groups. Capitalism, a European invention, impacted the relationships of people in the region. Imperialism by various European nations, and later the United States, reduced the region to a pawn to be manipulated. Finally, global warming impacts the area through drought and potential diseases. This study contends that given all of the influence and impact globalization has had much of life and culture has remained the same until only recently. This study is written for a general readership.2006 0-7734-5734-8
Designed to build Central American infrastructures, Mexico’s Plan Puebla Panamá (PPP) was launched with fervor in 2001 but collapsed hopelessly by 2003. A content analysis finds the Washington Consensus severely at odds with indigenous cultures, while invoking the broader globalization-localization debate. As Mexico’s latest bridging efforts with Central America drifted in lose-lose directions, readers are exposed to the fate many modern chief executives face under similar circumstances. Defying familiar international relations postulations, these findings not only elevate James Rosenau’s catch-all turbulence theory, but also show how drawing-board disconnections mirror those in the trenches. Both developed and developing countries have plenty to learn from PPP’s wide-ranging experiences.2007 0-7734-5370-9
This monograph seeks to examine a specifically French (and, by extension, Irish) reaction to the phenomenon of ‘globalization’, a reaction that is tinged with resistance to both the language and conceptions inherent in the term. This book suggests an alternative project of globalization in which all differences of culture, language and ideology, instead of being subsumed into a homogenous Anglophone whole, are able to cohabit in terms of what Julia Kristeva called “hospitality.” Written in both French and English, the first part of the book deals with a specifically French response to globalization, while the second section discusses the impact of the French stance on the wider world, and particularly Ireland.2013 0-7734-4486-6
An intriguing look at how the utilization of material hermeneutics can augment the social and political scientist’s capability to interpret social events beyond the traditional parameters that textual hermeneutic and linguistic models would generally present.2011 0-7734-1390-1
This book examines the critical issues and trends in cultural transformation in Africa by examining the relationship between universal values and African cultures.2007 0-7734-5485-3
Explores the concepts of globalization, gender relations, and land tenure, and the intersection of these concepts in a globalizing project, hereby represented by the Chad-Cameroon Oil Pipeline project in selected communities in Cameroon. It questions the theories of globalization, the construction of women and men in the project, particularly as concern land resources. This work will appeal to scholars in social and management sciences, gender studies and environmental sciences in Africa, development agencies and multinational companies like the World Bank and petroleum consortiums, and policy makers.2008 0-7734-5238-9
The author provides a new definition of democracy—one permitting the continuous achievement of a more equal distribution of political power—before discussing the main conditions (economic development, the political process, external influences) responsible for democratic transition and development. Arguing that post-modernization theory
can explain globalization, he builds on the democratic peace thesis, contending that globalization is a function of democracy. Bu how does this impact the social justice continuum?