The current discourse of globalization is overwhelmingly centred upon the interconnectedness, or connectivity, of the contemporary world; to the great neglect of the issues of global culture and global consciousness. With contemporary worldwide culture increasingly characterized by such themes as astronomy, cosmology, space travel and exploration, there is an increasing disjuncture between academic concern with connectivity, on the one hand, and culture and consciousness of the place of planet earth in the cosmos as a whole, on the other. This book addresses this deficiency from a variety of closely related perspectives, presenting studies of religion, science, sport, international organizations, global resistance movements and migrations and developments in East Asia. It brings together the latest theoretical empirical work from scholars in the US, UK, Australia, Japan, China and Israel on the significance of culture and global consciousness. As such, Global Culture: Consciousness and Connectivity will be of great interest to scholars across and beyond the social sciences working in the areas of global studies, cultural studies, social theory, the sociology of religion and related issues.
Introduction, Roland Robertson; Global culture and consciousness, Roland Robertson; Globalization and global consciousness: levels of connectivity, Paul James and Manfred B. Steger; Connectivity and consciousness: how globalities are constituted through communication flows, Barrie Axford; Globalization’s cultural consequences revisited, Robert J. Holton; Dynamics of world culture: global rationalism and problematizing norms, again, George M. Thomas; Rationalizing global consciousness: scientized education as the foundation of organization, citizenship, and personhood, Gili S. Drori; Jesuits, connectivity, and the uneven development of global consciousness since the sixteenth century, José Casanova; Glocalization and global sport, Richard Giulianotti; Global culture in motion, Peggy Levitt; China in the process of globalization: a primarily cultural perspective, Wang Ning; ‘America’ in global culture, Frank J. Lechner; Taking Japan seriously again: the cultural economy of glocalization and self-orientalization, Koji Kobayashi; Conclusion, Roland Robertson and Didem Buhari-Gulmez
’Robertson and Buhari-Gulmez have put together impressive analyses of the cultural dimensions of contemporary globalization, which has usually been seen in economic terms. The chapters creatively treat global homogenization as intertwined with local adaptation, often employing Robertson’s well-known concept glocalization. The book will be very useful for anyone concerned with worldwide cultural developments.’ John W. Meyer, Stanford University, USA