A World Beyond Difference: Cultural Identity in the Age of Globalization
November 2004, Wiley-Blackwell
2. The Tradition of Rational Utopianism.
A Durable Ideal.
Scientific Discovery and Universal Rights.
World History and World Revolution.
3. The Cultural Contradictions of Globalization.
Free Trade Globalization.
4. (Anti)Globalization from Below.
The Dilemmas of Resistance.
Two Approaches to (Anti)Globalization.
5. Human Rights Pluralism and Universalism.
Rationalism, Religion, and Utopia.
The Limits of Liberal Evangelism.
The Collective Rights Dilemma.
6. Postmodernism’s Revolt against Order.
Civil Society and Extraparliamentary Democracy.
7. The New Neo-Marxism.
The Moment of Disillusionment.
From Empire to Earthly City.
The End of Revolution.
8. Paradigms of Postcolonial Liberation.
Cultural Particularism and Universalism.
The Colonial Condition and its Aftermath.
The Language of Imperialism.
Diversity as a Universal Project.
The Grammar of Culture.
- Presents a lively conceptual and historical map of how we think about the emerging socio-political world, and above all how we think politically about human cultural differences
- Interprets, criticizes, and frames responses to world culture
- Draws from the work of recent major social theorists, comparing them to classical social theorists in an instructive manner
- Grounds critique of theory in years of ethnographic research
Charles Lindholm, Boston University
"This volume is a thought-provoking, intellectually exciting analysis of the quest for a global borderless society ... The author presents many inspired and thought-provoking challenges to the reader and one cannot but be impressed by the logic of his arguments." Cambridge University Press