Globalization is now widely discussed but the debates often remain locked within particular disciplinary discourses. This book brings together for the first time a social theory and cultural studies approach to the understanding of globalization.
John Tomlinson is Professor of Cultural Sociology and Director of the Centre for Research in International Communication and Culture, Nottingham Trent University.
1. Globalization and Culture. . Globalization as Complex Connectivity. Culture as a Dimension of Globalization. Why Culture Matters for Globalization. Why Globalization Matters for Culture. 2. Global Modernity. . Global Modernity as Historical Period. Globalization as a a Consequence of Modernitya . Suspicion of Global Modernity. Conclusion. 3. Global Culture: Dreams, Nightmares and Scepticism. Dreams: Historical Imaginings of a Global Culture. Nightmares: Global Culture as Cultural Imperialism. Global Culture: The Sceptical Viewpoint. 4. Deterritorialization: The Cultural Condition of Globalization. . The Concept of Deterritorialization. The Mundane Experience of Deterritorialization. Objections to Deterritorialization. Deterritorialization at the a Marginsa . Hybridization. 5. Mediated Communication and Cultural Experience. . Mediation and Connectivity. Mediated Proximity 1: Intimacy Redefined. Mediated Proximity 2: Televisual Involvement and the Closing of Moral Distance. 6. The Possibility of Cosmopolitanism. Cosmopolitanism: Idea, Ideology, Ideal. Cosmopolitans Without a Cosmopolis. Notes. Bibliography. Index.