Globalization is a highly debated term, and struggles over its meaning are played out in a variety of ways, from academe and the media to the streets of Seattle, Melbourne and Genoa.
This book provides a welcome introduction to the discourses, practices and technologies that have been grouped together under that term. It outlines the historical contexts of globalization, and addresses the politics of naming that are so central to the reproduction of the narratives and patterns of globalization.
The authors examine specific sites that are being transformed by globalization such as capitalism, state governments, the media and cultural identity, and explore the notion of a post-globalization world.
This will be a valuable book to undergraduate and MA students on communication, media, cultural studies, sociology, politics and development courses.
CONTENTS The Idea of Globalization Globalization History and Ideology Technology, Informationalism and Space/Time Global Capitalism The State and Sovereignty The Global Subject and Culture The Public Sphere and the Media Globalization, Counter-memory, Practice
'Understanding Globalization focuses on the role of globalization in transforming capitalism, state government, the media, and cultural identity. The different perspectives presented on globalization are the greatest strength of this book. The authors maintain that these range from economic to human movement to the effects of power relations. It is an excellent starting point for reading and research on globalization.'
James Saku, Frostburg State University
Tony Schirato teaches and researches in the areas of cultural theory, media literacy, and sport and the media. He has co-authored books on the work of Michel Foucault and Pierre Bourdieu, and also on communication and cultural literacy, globalisation, Asian cultural politics and visual culture. His most recent book is on sports culture. He is currently co-authoring a book on the work of gender theorist Judith Butler. Jen Webb is the Director of the Communication, Media and Cultural Studies research area. Her academic interests range from neomarxist theorising of social practice to aesthetic forms and content, with snippets of semiotics, narrative theory, communication theory and social research, along the way