Globalization Or Empire?

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Psychology Press, 2004 - Political Science - 196 pages
Many commentators have said the cultural process of globalization is really just the Americanization of the globe. The world economic order has also moved toward America's chosen rules. However, since September 11th, the Bush administration has produced new foreign policy guidelines that have openly decided that the world must accept America as the only legitimate military power as well. Is this globalization, or is this just empire? In this smart, brief book, Pieterse systematically confronts many of the most important issues surrounding these questions, eventually coming down on the side of empire. However, he posits that this may be a short-term trend, and not the inevitable trajectory of American policy. It's not too late to dismantle the empire, before it buckles under its own weight.
 

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Contents

Scenarios of Power
17
Empire as Metaphor
31
Neoliberal Empire
41
Bringing Politics Back In
61
Technologies of Work War and Politics
85
Globalization North and South
107
Hyperpower Exceptionalism
121
AsianEuropean Dialogue after Enron
143
Notes
161
Bibliography
177
Index
191
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Jan Nederveen Pieterse is Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, co-editor of the Review of International Political Economy and author of Globalization and Culture and Empire and Emancipation.

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