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The Ends of Globalization

2000
Author:

Mohammed A. Bamyeh

The Ends of Globalization

A uniquely broad perspective that challenges current ideas about worldwide cultural and political change.

An intervention into current debates about globalization, nationalism, imperialism, and culture, this book offers a cogent critique of much of what is being said about globalization, by both the Right and the Left. In doing so, it charts the complex processes of globalization, drawing out their historical and philosophical roots and outlining the connections between cultural, political, and economic life that globalization has made, historically and in our day.

The Ends of Globalization is the most comprehensive and reasonable assessment of the much discussed and distorted phenomena of "globalization" that I have read. Bamyeh's account is deeply rooted in the philosophical
traditions and political and economic histories not only of the "West," but
also of an impressive assortment of "non-Western" sources and traditions.
The combination of immense erudition, effortlessness, and lucidity combine
to make this a truly exciting read.
--John Michael, author of Anxious Intellects: Academic Professionals,
Public Intellectuals, and Enlightment Values

Impeccable in its scholarship and lucid in its style, The Ends of Globalization ought to be read by all serious students of what is shaping up to be the major socio-political phenomenon of our time.

Southern Humanities Review

Political and Social Theory/Cultural Studies

A uniquely broad perspective that challenges current ideas about worldwide cultural and political change.

An intervention into current debates about globalization, nationalism, imperialism, and culture, this book offers a cogent critique of much of what is being said about globalization, by both the Right and the Left. In doing so, it charts the complex processes of globalization, drawing out their historical and philosophical roots and outlining the connections between cultural, political, and economic life that globalization has made, historically and in our day.

The author’s orientation toward political theory and comparative civilizations-a rarity in globalization studies-allows him to detect in specific terms what is most dangerous and opportune in what is happening in the world today. Mohammed A. Bamyeh makes a compelling argument that we are witnessing a process typified by massive disjunctions between political, cultural, and economic logics on a world scale. Bamyeh demonstrates how the disruptions caused by globalization, while they blur our vision and block our rational approaches, also possess the potential to liberate the autonomous and convivial human possibilities and capabilities long shackled by such modernist institutions of governance as the nation-state.

Translation Inquiries: University of Minnesota Press

The Ends of Globalization

Mohammed A. Bamyeh teaches comparative civilizations, social theory, and historical sociology at New York University. He is the author of The Social Origins of Islam (Minnesota, 1999).

The Ends of Globalization

Impeccable in its scholarship and lucid in its style, The Ends of Globalization ought to be read by all serious students of what is shaping up to be the major socio-political phenomenon of our time.

Southern Humanities Review

The Ends of Globalization is the most comprehensive and reasonable assessment of the much discussed and distorted phenomena of "globalization" that I have read. Bamyeh's account is deeply rooted in the philosophical traditions and political and economic histories not only of the "West," but also of an impressive assortment of "non-Western" sources and traditions. The combination of immense erudition, effortlessness, and lucidity combine to make this a truly exciting read.

John Michael, author of Anxious Intellects: Academic Professionals, Public Intellectuals, and Enlightment Values

The Ends of Globalization

Contents

Preface

1. Governmentality and the New Global “Order”
2. The New Imperialism: Six Theses
3. The Cultural Landscape of Globalization: Historical Notes

Conclusion: Control, Rationality, and Solidarity in the Global Age

Notes
Bibliography

Index