Globalization under Construction
Govermentality, Law, and Identity
A kaleidoscopic look at the intersections of globalization and governance
Considers descriptions of humankind’s future, and the discourses of globalization that frame them, from perspectives in anthropology, geography, law, sociology, and cultural studies. The essays explore the forms, practices, and effects of governmentality integral to global modernity’s architecture.
Contributors: Kitty Calavita, Rosemary J. Coombe, Susan Bibler Coutin, Karen Leonard, Sally Engle Merry, Aihwa Ong, Susan Roberts, Lisa Sanchez, Liliana Suárez-Navaz.
The future outlines of the new global order are the constant object of speculation—economic, political, and metaphysical. From the sunny new world proclaimed by global free marketers to the rebellion against globalization unleashed in the streets of Seattle and Genoa, to the doomsdays envisioned by transnational terrorists and counterterrorists alike, this emerging global-millennial epoch is foretold alternately as redemption or apocalypse. The authors consider these sweeping descriptions of humankind’s future, as well as the discourses of globalization that filter and frame them, from perspectives in anthropology, geography, law, sociology, and cultural studies. Their goal is not to resolve the ultimate semantic or philosophical question of what “globalization” really is; instead, their essays explore the forms, practices, and effects of governmentality integral to global modernity’s architecture.
In Globalization under Construction, the authors ask: What are the rationalities of government implicit in global modernity’s project of mobilizing space, time, and difference? And what difference does it make to the globalization debates to put those rationalities in the foreground of critical analysis? Altogether, their work attempts to discern in the disparateness of contemporary events an emerging pattern of governmentality, techniques of governance and assemblages of intersecting arguments about the history of the present and the nature of the future that our present portends.
Contributors: Kitty Calavita, U of California, Irvine; Rosemary J. Coombe, York U; Susan Bibler Coutin, U of California, Irvine; Karen Leonard, U of California, Irvine; Sally Engle Merry, Wellesley College; Aihwa Ong, U of California, Berkeley; Susan Roberts, U of Kentucky; Lisa Sanchez, U of California, San Diego; Liliana Suárez-Navaz, Autónoma U, Madrid.
Globalization and Governmentality: An Introduction Richard Warren Perry and Bill Maurer
1. Global Strategic Vision: Managing the World Susan Roberts
2. Zones of New Sovereignty in Southeast Asia Aihwa Ong
3. International Political Economy as a Cultural Practice: The Metaphysics of Capital Mobility Bill Maurer
4. Spanish Immigration Law and the Construction of Difference: Citizens and “Illegals” on Europe’s Southern Border Kitty Calavita and Liliana Suárez-Navaz
5. South Asian Workers in the Gulf: Jockeying for Places Karen Leonard
6. Illegality, Borderlands, and the Space of Nonexistence Susan Bibler Coutin
7. Christian Conversion and “Racial” Labor Capacities: Constructing Racialized Identities in Hawai‘i Sally Engle Merry
8. Sex and Space in the Global City Lisa Sanchez
9. Works in Progress: Traditional Knowledge, Biological Diversity, and Intellectual Property in a Neoliberal Era Rosemary J. Coombe
10. Rebooting the World Picture: Flying Windows of Globalization in the End Times Richard Warren Perry