1st Edition

Global Ethics and Civil Society

Edited By John Eade, Darren O'Byrne Copyright 2005

    This detailed and timely volume examines the impact of global transformations on concepts of civil society. Divided into two sections, it evaluates changing notions of ethics and how these transformations are operationalized. The first part deals with the theoretical aspects while the second examines the practical impact of the evolution of global ethics and norms on society. Providing solid case studies, this accessible volume contributes to the theoretical literature in the field and will prove a useful library reference work or graduate reader in the areas of globalization, civil society, ethics, human rights, citizenship and cosmopolitanism.

    Contents: List of Contributors; Globalization, cosmopolitanism and the problem of civil society: some introductory remarks, Darren J. O'Byrne; Principles of a global ethic, Bhikhu Parekh; Cosmopolitan political community: why does it feel so right?, Kate Nash; Towards an embodied global ethic, Luigi Esposito and John W. Murphy; Consequentialist cosmopolitanism and global political agency, Raffaelle Marchetti; Global ethics: foundations and methodologies, Heather Widdows; Informal sociality, cosmopolitanism and gender among transnational professionals: unravelling some of the linkages between the global economy and civil society, Paul Kennedy; The global compact: corporate citizenship in action, but is it enough?, Lisa Whitehouse; Transnational corporations: power, influence and responsibility, Sorcha MacLeod and Douglas Lewis; Global civil society and spaces of resistance, Ray Kiely; Global citizenship, globalization and citizenship - an unholy trio?, Nigel Dower; Concluding remarks: global and local, migration and morality, John Eade; Index.


    John Eade is Professor at the Roehampton University, UK and Dr Darren O'Byrne is also from the Roehampton University, UK.

    'This volume provides valuable insights on the construction and dynamics of global civil society, including a sympathetic critique of currently fashionable cosmopolitan prescriptions for global order. The range of contributions make for varied and interesting reading, while the emphasis on both the ethics of globalization and global ethics ensures thematic coherence, as well as opportunity for normative reflection. In short this is a timely contribution to the political sociology of globalization.' Professor Barrie Axford, Oxford Brookes University, UK 'This wide-ranging collection of chapters provides original contributions to the increasingly important debates over globalization, civil society and ethics. The contributors look beyond many of the established conceptual frames in this field to identify new forms of analysis. This book achieves a good balance between theoretical debate and well-informed case studies that will stimulate anyone interested in globalization and the dilemmas of contemporary politics and society.' Professor Larry Ray, University of Kent, UK '...ideally suited for students seeking an introduction to a wider range of liberal responses to globalization than is currently offered by the literature on cosmopolitanism.' Human Rights & Human Welfare