Globalization has brought with it many difficult and contradictory phenomena: violence, deep national insecurities, religious divisions and individual insecurities. This book takes a critical look at three key areas - globalism, nationalism, and state-terror - to confront common mythologies and identify the root causes of the problems we face. Too many commentators still argue that globalization is predominantly a neo-liberal economic phenomenon; that nation-states are on the way out, and that terror is something that primarily comes from below. Global Matrix exposes the limitations of this argument. The authors explore four main questions: -- What is the cultural-political nature of contemporary globalization? -- How adequate, particularly in the context of nation-states, is a politics of democratic nationalism? -- How are we to understand new and old nations in the context of changes across the late twentieth century and into the present? -- Where does national violence come from and what does it mean for a 'war on terror'?
Written by two leading scholars, this is a lucid study of what place the nation-state has in a globalizing world that will appeal to students across the political and social sciences.
Tom Nairn is Professor of Nationalism and Cultural Diversity at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia. He is the author of The Break-Up of Britain (Verso 1977; 3rd edition, Common Ground 2003), After Britain (Granta, 2000) and Pariah (Verso, 2002). He writes regularly for newspapers and magazines including the Guardian, the Independent on Sunday, the New Statesman and the London Review of Books. Paul James is Director of the Globalism Institute and Professor of Globalism and Cultural Diversity at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He has written or edited several books including Nation Formation (Sage, 1996), winner of the Crisp Medal for Political Studies, Work of the Future: Global Perspectives (1997) and Tour of Duty (2002).
Preface 1. Introduction: Mapping Nationalism and Globalism Part I. Rethinking Globalism and Globalization 2. Global Enchantment: A Matrix of Ideologies 3. Global Trajectories: America and the Unchosen 4. Global Tensions: A Clash of Social Formations Part II. Debating Civic and Post-Nationalism 5. Fetishized Nationalism? (Joan Cocks) 6. Ambiguous Nationalism: A Reply to Joan Cocks 7. Dark Nationalism or Transparent Postnationalism? Part III. Reflecting on Old and New Nations 8. Ukania: The Rise of the 'Annual Report' Society 9. Australia: Anti-Politics for a Passive Federation 10. Late Britain: Disorientations from Down Under 11. North America: The Misfortunes and 'Death' of Ethnicity 12. Central Asia: Continuities and Discontinuities Part IV. Confronting Terror and Violence 13. Democracy and the Shadow of Genocide 14. Nationalism and the Crucible of Modern Totalitarianism 15. Control and the Projection of a Totalizing War-Machine 16. Terrorism and the Opening of Black Pluto's Door 17. Meta-War and the Insecurity of the United States 18. Post-2001 and the Third Coming of Nationalism References Index