This volume offers insights into ongoing global socioeconomic transformations by directing attention to the significance of labour, work, craft, community, social institutions, social movements and emergent subjectivities in different parts of the world. This is in contrast to theories that project globalisation as a process driven exclusively by global capital and technology, a scheme in which some parts of the world forever will be ‘peripheries’ supplying labour and natural resources, the lives and work of those people purged of originality, meaning and value by the very construct that describes them. Together the chapters in the book present a nonessentialist and non-linear reading of global transformations by examining the relations and adaptations between economy, polity and society, which remains a fundamentally unresolved question in the social sciences.
Combining a wealth of conceptual and empirical investigations, this book will be of interest to scholars and researchers of sociology, globalisation studies, anthropology, economics, development studies and area studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Global Capital and Social Difference: Beyond Dialectics and Embeddedness Part 1: Social Change and Temporality: Interrogating Linear Time and Sequentiality in the Social Sciences 1. Capital, Time and Difference: Modernity and the European Episteme 2. Capital (In) difference in Africa: The Examples of Nigeria and South Africa Part 2: Capital, Class and Community 3. Global Capitalism, Social Classes and Sociocultures 4. Capital, as if Community Matters: Silk Handloom Sari Production and the Defense of Hereditary Privilege in South India 5. Dynamics of Capital and Local Contexts: Understanding Patidar Resistance in Gujarat Part 3: Institutions and Movements: The Glocal Dynamic 6. Neo-extractivism, Developmental Models and Capital Formation: Substitutive Natural Resource Governance in South America 7. Women’s Labour, Patriarchy, and Feminism in Twenty-first Century Kerala: Reflections on the Glocal Present Part 4: State, Citizenship and the Global Connection 8. Unequal and Gendered: Notes on the Coloniality of Citizenship 9. Particular Universalities: Imagining the Nation at its Borders Part 5: Media, Borders and Emergent Subjects 10. Are We All pirates? Film and TV Distribution on the Internet 11. Listening Global: Sonic Texts, Technologies and the New Listening Subjects
V. Sujatha is Professor at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. She specialises in the fields of sociology of knowledge and sociology of health and medicine. Her research focuses on the dynamic interface between scientific knowledge, state policy and societal perspectives. Her publications are, Health by the people (2003), Medical pluralism in Contemporary India (Ed. With Leena Abraham; 2012), Sociology of health and medicine. New perspectives (2014) and Globalization of South Asian medicines. Knowledge, power, structure and sustainability (Ed. 2020).