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Since the 1980s, globalization and neoliberalism have brought about a comprehensive restructuring of everyone’s lives. People are being ‘disciplined’ by neoliberal economic agendas, ‘transformed’ by communication and information technology changes, global commodity chains and networks, and in the Global South in particular, destroyed livelihoods, debilitating impoverishment, disease pandemics, among other disastrous disruptions, are also globalization’s legacy.
This collection of geographical treatments of such a complex set of processes unearths the contradictions in the impacts of globalization on peoples’ lives. Globalizations Contradictions firstly introduces globalization in all its intricacy and contrariness, followed on by substantive coverage of globalization’s dimensions. Other areas that are covered in depth are:
Globalizations Contradictions is a critical examination of the continuing role of international and supra-national institutions and their involvement in the political economic management and determination of global restructuring. Deliberately, this collection raises questions, even as it offers geographical insights and thoughtful assessments of globalization’s multifaceted ‘faces and spaces.’
Section 1: Globalization and Neoliberalism: Dominating Disciplines 1. Globalization’s Dimensions 2. The Ascendancy of Neoliberalism and Emergence of Contemporary Globalization Section 2: Globalization’s Many Dimensions Globalization’s Macro-Economic Faces Financial Globalization 3. Global Financial Architecture Transitions: Mutations through ‘Roll-back’ Neoliberalism to Technocratic Fixes 4. Multi-local Global Corporations: New Reach - Same Core Locations 5. Systems of Production and International Competitiveness: Prospects for the Developing Nations Globalization’s Unruly Spaces The Globalization of Labor 6. Globalization of Labor: Increasing Complexity, More Unruly Illegal Globalization 7. Unruly spaces: Globalization and Transnational Criminal Economies Globalization’s Geo-Political Faces Political Globalization 8. Geo-Political Globalization: From World Systems to Global City Systems Geographical Globalization 9. Globalization has a Home Address: The Geopolitics of Globalization Cultural Globalization 10. The Globalization of Culture: Geography and the Industrial Production of Culture The Globalization of Fear 11. 'The Globalization of Fear: Fear as a Technology of Governance Section 3: AlternativeVisions: Constructive, Democratic and Hopeful Ecological Globalization 12. The Neoliberalization of the Global Environment Globalization’s Cultural Challenges 13. Globalization’s Cultural Challenges: Homogenization, Hybridization and Heightened Identity Globalization from Below 14. Globalization from Below: Coordinating Global Resistance: Alternative Social Forums, Civil Society and Grassroots Networks Towards ‘Fair Globalization’ 15. Towards ‘Fair Globalization’ : Opposing Neoliberal Destruction, Relying on democratic Institutions & Local Empowerment, and Sustaining Human Development