The follies of globalisation theory : polemical essays / Justin Rosenberg.

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Publisher: London : Verso, 2000.Description: x, 205 pages ; 21 cm.ISBN: 1859846114.Subject(s): Giddens, Anthony. Consequences of modernity | GlobalizationLooking glass | Social sciences -- PhilosophyLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references and index.
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The Follies of Globalisation Theory is an erudite and lively critique arguing that fashionable preoccupations with spatiality have generated deep intellectual confusions that stand in the way of a clear understanding of the modern world. And he shows how these confusions ultimately condemn globalisation theorists to a peculiar and quixotic stance: the more clearly they attempt to articulate their arguments, the more equivocal and evasive those arguments become, yielding at best the intellectual equivalent of an architectural folly.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Rosenberg (international relations, University of Sussex) seeks to demonstrate that efforts to advance a "theory" of globalization--as opposed to a descriptive assessment of the conditions that constitute today's multidimensional global interactions--have not produced an explanatory framework for modernity (in the philosophical use of that term). He critiques three works that address globalization as a transformation of the circumstances of space and time on a scale that has in turn transformed social interaction: J.A. Scholte, Globalization: A Critical Introduction (CH, Jun'01), R.B.J. Walker, Inside/Outside: International Relations as Political Theory (CH, Jun'93), and A. Giddens, The Consequences of Modernity (CH, Jun'90). Although purportedly oriented toward international relations theory, the book is squarely in the camp of philosophy. Rosenberg takes issue with both the historical context--arguing that contemporary changes in the nation-state system attributed to globalization had begun well before with the advent of capitalism--and the internal logic of the analyses--arguing that contentions that globalization explains contemporary social change are based on the very things they seek to explain. From the latter perspective, Giddens carries the burden of criticism. This book does not inform about the place of globalization in international relations theory, nor does it offer a constructive alternative to the works critiqued. Specialists, faculty, and researchers. B. T. Trout University of New Hampshire

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Justin Rosenberg is Reader in International Relations at the University of Sussex.