Social Reach: A Connectivist Approach to American Identity and Global Governance

Social Reach: A Connectivist Approach to American Identity and Global Governance

By: Tian-jia Dong (author)Paperback

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Social Reach examines the identity of global leadership and the impact it has on global governance. Realism focuses on strategic interests; idealism focuses on norms and values. However, the 'either my interest or my value' approach toward international relations is not compatible with the identity of a global leader. The essence of international relations is 'relationship,' instead of interest or values. Tian-jia Dong proposes a connectivist perspective, which focuses on full-fledged connections through functional instrumentation and relational inclusion. Three logics-the logic of conquest, the logic of interdependence, and the logic of togetherness-are highlighted as the driving forces behind the dynamics of international relationship. Dong further illustrates two new concepts, 'connective authority' and 'connective democracy' as the guiding principles of global leadership and global governance.

About Author

Tian-jia Dong(Ph.D. Boston College) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Westfield State College.


Chapter 1 Preface and Acknowledgments Part 2 1 The Social Order of a Global Village Chapter 3 An Archaic World? Chapter 4 Clash of Civilizations? Chapter 5 The Convergence of Social Force in Political, Economic, and Cultural Spheres Chapter 6 The Socially Connected Nation-States as Global Villagers Chapter 7 The Dynamics of Capitalist Expansion Chapter 8 Class Division and the Issue of Poverty Chapter 9 The Three Logics of Social Research Part 10 2 The Connective Power Dynamics Chapter 11 A World of Structural-functional Connection Chapter 12 A World of Functional Conflict and Dynamic Connection Chapter 13 A World of Interconnected Units of Action Chapter 14 The Connective Power Dynamics Chapter 15 General Chapter 16 "Connective" Chapter 17 "Power Dynamics" Part 18 3 The Connective Authority Chapter 19 Establishing a Global Authority System Chapter 20 Connective Authority Defined Chapter 21 The Weberian Formulation Reframed Chapter 22 The Logic of Conquest and the Authority of Instrumentation Chapter 23 The Logic of Interdependence and the Authority of Inclusion Chapter 24 Modification of the Weberian Typology Part 25 4 Connective Democracy and Global Governance Chapter 26 A Government or a Governance System-in-Being? Chapter 27 World Government Chapter 28 World Community Chapter 29 Conditions of Peace and Effective Global Governance Chapter 30 Form of Global Governance Part 31 Conclusion: A Connectivist Construction of the American Identity and Global Leadership Chapter 32 Who Are We ? Chapter 33 A Connectivist Response to Obama Chapter 34 Global Leadership Chapter 35 The Iraqi Issue Chapter 36 The Middle East Chapter 37 The Military Chapter 38 The Issue of Nuclear Proliferation and Global Terrorism Chapter 39 The Issue of Homeland Security Chapter 40 Alliances and Partnerships Chapter 41 The Connection between Foreign Policy and Formulation and Domestic Politics Chapter 42 A Connectivist Response to Mitt Romney Chapter 43 The Relationship between Theory and Policy Chapter 44 The Issue of Leadership Chapter 45 The Iraqi Policy Chapter 46 The Tasks and the Strategies Chapter 47 "Moving Forward" Chapter 48 Toward a Relationship Oriented Foreign Policy Chapter 49 Bibliography Chapter 50 Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780761840572
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 140
  • ID: 9780761840572
  • weight: 231
  • ISBN10: 0761840575

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