Globalization and Technocapitalism considers the global reach of a new capitalist era, exploring the nature of 'technocapitalism' as grounded in new forms of accumulation, commodification, and corporate organization. As technological creativity, corporate research, and talent flows become more important than ever, this book explores the manner in which globalization acquires new contextual features that will become central to the macro-social dynamics of the twenty-first century. It thus sheds light on the resultant growth in global inequalities and more intrusive forms of global domination that are grounded in emerging sectors, such as nanotechnology, biotechnology and its diverse fields, such as genomics, synthetic bioengineering, bioinformatics and biopharmacology, and related advances in computing and telecommunications. A rigorous examination of developments in contemporary capitalism as driven by the forces of globalization, Globalization and Technocapitalism will be of interest to scholars working in the fields of social and political theory, international political economy, political philosophy, science and technology studies and globalization.
Luis Suarez-Villa is Professor of Social Ecology, of Planning Policy and Design, and of Technology Studies at the University of California, Irvine, USA.
'We hear about the "knowledge economy", watch the processes of financialization wreak havoc, grow concerned about the increasing involvement of corporations in all aspects of life. Suarez-Villa shows how these phenomena of 21st century capitalism are related, connecting them into a powerful theoretical framework. Refreshingly clear despite the nuanced and sophisticated analyses he develops his work is well-grounded in careful research and the broader literature. This is a ground-breaking work delivering a theory of contemporary capitalism that is at once original, persuasive, elegantly articulated, and likely correct.' Joel Bakan, University of British Columbia, Canada 'Globalization and Technocapitalism is a must-read for anyone concerned with understanding the crisis of contemporary capitalism. Luis Suarez-Villa has combined immense research with acute analysis to produce one of the most important books in years.' Robert W. McChesney, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA 'Globalization and Technocapitalism provides a systematic critical analysis of the global commodification of intangibles, and clearly demonstrates how global capitalism is entangled with science and technology. The book is timely, as one way of digging ourselves out of the economic crisis is claimed to be growth.' LSE Review of Books blog