Theorizing Globalization offers a reassessment of mainstream perspectives on globalization, a topic that has become enormously popular in social sciences and cultural studies. Instead of recycling common arguments, Ampuja critically examines the works of key globalization theorists such as Manuel Castells and Arjun Appadurai to demonstrate their excessive fascination with recent changes in media and communications technology. The author argues that these and many other theorists’ media-centric and unhistorical treatment of globalization stands in the way of a critical understanding of how the global media and modern capitalist societies have evolved. Ampuja concludes with a provocative account of how the hegemony of neoliberalism has affected the positions of globalization theorists and, by extension, the development of social theory in general.
Marko Ampuja, Ph.D. (2010), University of Helsinki, is a lecturer in the Department of Social Research at that university.
PART I. BACKGROUND AND THEORETICAL CONTEXTS
1. The Rise of Globalization Theory
2. Key Approaches to Media and the Problematic of Globalization
PART II. THE SPACE BEYOND THE PLACE: TECHNOLOGICAL EXPLANATIONS OF MEDIA AND GLOBALIZATION
3. Between the Old and the New: Manuel Castells, the Media and the Space of Flows
4. Media as Life: Scott Lash and the Technological Order of Global Information Culture
PART III. CULTURAL GLOBALIZATION THEORY AND THE MEDIA
5. National Nightmares and Cosmopolitan Dreams: Arjun Appadurai, John Tomlinson and the Cultural Specificity of Mediated Globalization
PART IV. CONCLUSION
6. Conclusion: Globalization Theory and the Neoliberal Moment
Sociologists, media researchers, activists, students of globalization and anyone interested in the critical study of globalization and global media and the impact of neoliberalism on contemporary social thinking.