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Alternative Globalizations
Edited by Jerry Harris

Alternative Globalizations contains papers from the fifth annual conference of the Global Studies Association of North America (GSA/NA), held at DePaul University in Chicago in May 2006.

The special focus of the 2006 conference was alternative developmental paths emerging mainly in global South. A number of papers examine changes occurring in Latin America, particulary in Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia and Brazil.

Highlights are from keynote speakers and well-known Latin American specialists Mark Weisbrot, Fred Rosen and Graciela Monteagudo.

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America Transformed: Globalization, Inequality, and Power
by Gary Hytrek and Kristine Zentgraf

Globalization--the interconnection of the world culturally, socially, politically, and economically--has generated intense theoretical and practical concerns. Is globalization inevitable? What are the effects of globalization on social structures and individual perceptions? What is the effect of globalization on societal level inequality? America Transformed: Globalization, Inequality, and Power examines these questions by analyzing the links among global processes and shifting patterns of stratification, inequality, and social mobility in the United States. While many texts separate discussions of macro- and micro-level processes when examining globalization, this book skillfully integrates general macro-level processes with specific reference to the micro-level effects of globalization in the U.S. Exploring the critical dimensions of inequality--class, gender, and immigration--America Transformed situates the U.S. experience within the broader global context, and fleshes out the mechanism through which global processes affect social stratification. By examining the social construction of globalization, the authors identify the key policy challenges of globalization, and some of the innovative community-based responses to social inequality. America Transformed provides powerful insights into the contested dialectical relationship between global and local forces: how globalization shapes stratification and inequality in the U.S., and how local communities attempt to mediate those changes.

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Capitalizing on Catastrophe: Neoliberal Strategies in Disaster Reconstruction
Edited by Nandini Gunewardena & Mark Schuller

In Capitalizing on Catastrophe an international group of scholars and professionals critically examine how local communities around the world have prepared for and responded to recent cataclysms. The book's principal focus is the increasing trend to rely on the private sector to deal with natural disasters and other forms of large-scale devastation, from hurricanes and tsunamis to civil wars and industrial accidents. Called "disaster capitalism" by its critics, the tendency to contract private interests to solve massive, urgent public problems may be inevitable but is extremely problematic—especially with respect to peoples who need help the most. Can private relief groups give the highest priority to potential and actual victims of large disasters, for example, if that means devoting fewer resources to protecting tourism and other profitable industries? The high-profile contributors to this volume straightforwardly tackle such timely and difficult questions of great public concern.

List of Contributors: Sara E. Alexander, Gregory Button, Bettina Damiani, Antonio Donini, Elizabeth Guillette, Nandini Gunewardena, Wahneema Lubiano, Anthony Oliver-Smith, Adolph Reed Jr., Anna Belinda Sandoval Girón, Mark Schuller, and Susan Stonich.

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Chronicles of Humanity
Photography by Sydney Harris
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Sydney "Syd" Harris was a committed photographer with a beautiful eye for humanity. His direct, social realist style is unassuming yet revelatory. Harris, a veteran of the Spanish Civil War and Lincoln Brigade, worked as a photographer and journalist for many of the major unions in Chicago from the mid 1950s until his death in 1989. His works show us the "city of big shoulders." Black, latino and white workers from the steel mills, auto plants and kitchens of fancy hotels are portrayed here--working class men and women now fading from today's world of computers and factory shut-downs.

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The Clash of Globalisations: Neo-liberalism, the Third Way and Anti-Globalisation
by Ray Kiely

This work addresses the politics of globalisation through an examination of neo-liberalism, the third way, and anti-capitalist responses and alternatives. It utilises a Marxist approach, not only to challenge the claims made by apologists for 'actually existing globalisation', but to explain, contextualise and problematise the rise of anti-globalisation politics. Central to the work is a critique of globalisation theory, neo-liberalism and the third way; an examination of the role of the state as an agent of globalisation, particularly the hegemonic US state; a theorisation of the nature of uneven development in the global order; and an examination of the political implications of these issues for progressive alternatives to neo-liberal globalisation.

Ray Kiely is Senior Lecturer in Development Studies, SOAS, University of London. His previous books include Sociology and Development: The Impasse and Beyond (1995) and Industrialisation and Development: A Comparative Analysis (1998).

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Class Theory and History
by Steven Resnick and Richard Wolff
Class Theory and History takes an ambitious and ground-breaking look at the entire history of the Soviet Union and presents a new kind of analysis of the history of the USSR: examining its birth, evolution, and death in class terms. Utilizing the class analytics they have developed over the last three decades, Resnick and Wolff formulate the most fully developed economic theory of communism now available, and use that theory to answer the question: did communism ever exist in the USSR and if so, where, why and for how long? Read more...

Coming of Age in a Globalized World: The Next Generation
by J. Michael Adams and Angelo Carfagna
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Coming of Age in a Globalized World: The Next Generation (2006), by Kumarian Press, Bloomfield, Ct., explores the impact of globalization and the case for world citizenship. In this work, Dr. J. Michael Adams, the president of Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Angelo Carfagna, the communications director at Fairleigh Dickinson University, stress the importance of global education as they seek to reconcile the contrast between national bonds and global interests. The book provides a comprehensive landscape of current issues and conflicts in global politics as it encourages and challenges the next generation to shape viable answers to impending global issues.

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Contested Terrains of Globalization
Edited by Jerry Harris

Contested Terrains of Globalization contains papers from the sixth annual conference of the Global Studies Association of North America (GSA/NA), held at University of California, Irvine in May 2007.

This collection makes available a unique blend of multi-disciplinary research covering a range of topics that offers the most current thinking on key developments and questions concerning globalization. This volume features important sections on labor and globalization, social movements and studies in the US military/industrial complex. From the classrooms to the streets these insightful essays are written by activist scholars committed to making research serve the cause of building a better world.

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The Dialectics of Globalization: Economic and Political Conflict in a Transnational World
by Jerry Harris

Combining bold theoretical analysis and careful empirical investigation Harris provides a critical framework to understand the political and economic underpinnings of globalization. In an unique historical approach the book examines how the revolution in information technologies and the break-up of the Soviet Union intertwined to present new global opportunities to reorganize capitalism as a unified world system headed by an emerging transnational capitalist class.

The book challenges the common view that nation states still define international relations, with the United States as hegemonic leader of the world system. Instead Harris offers a more complex analysis of world affairs that sees the current period as one of transition between nationally based industrial capitalism and a global system based on revolutionary methods of production and new class relationships. He argues this conflict appears in every country as national economies realigned to fit new patterns of world accumulation creating a host of political tensions within and between nations.

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Diary of a Heartland Radical
by Harry Targ
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Peace studies political scientist Harry Targ has been an institution at Purdue University in Indiana for more than four decades. His books and essays have long been essential reading for many movement insiders, and Diary of a Heartland Radical happily collects many short reflections on life as a rural-based revolutionary. Less a diary than an assembly of blog posts since 2008, Targ’s book covers some of the fundamental lessons of his years in the struggle, connecting them to the urgent tasks that still need our committed work.

Also focused on the contours of race, class, empire, and resistance, Targ is at his best when he combines his “scientific” thinking with a stridently anti-militarist approach and a good eye for socio-cultural commentary. His point is well taken, as he reviews the early days of the Obama administration, that the Department of Defense (as in the 1960s) has a “blank check,” with academic researchers (now more than ever) providing the data and theories that lead and/or justify disastrous foreign and military policy. Targ explores new techniques of “humanitarian” imperialism as seen in the truly global, increasingly privatized, and largely antiseptic (weapons delivery through button pushing) nature of 21st Century empire building.

Targ is also deeply concerned about the strategies and tactics of resistance, evidenced in a wonderful piece on the political economy of the bagel (that Jewish projectile of working-class origins), and most significantly in a longer essay on the anti-racist, class struggle history of the United Packinghouse Workers of America (UPWA), another part of U.S. left history nearly lost. Commenting on his own involvement in the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS), Targ understands that our task is to build as broad a network of progressives as possible—and his book takes us some meaningful steps in the right direction. Also available as an E-book at low cost.

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Dying Empire: U.S. Imperialism and Global Resistance
by Francis Shor

Presenting a wide-ranging synthesis of approaches, Dying Empire: U.S. Imperialism and Global Resistance attempts to shed light on the construction of and challenges to the military, economic, and cultural imperial projects of the United States in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Opposing US imperialism and global domination, Francis Shor combines academic and activist perspectives to analyze the crises endemic to empire and to propose a vision for the realization of another more socially just world. The text incorporates the most recent critical discussions of US imperialism and globalization from above and below to illuminate the practices and possibilities for global resistance.

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Economic Development, Education and Transnational Corporations
by Mark Hanson

Mark Hanson's incisive new monograph compares and contrasts Mexico and South Korea to answer the wider question of why some Third World nations developed economically and educationally faster than others. Hanson shows that these differences are due to the manner and intensity in which these countries employed their educational, governmental and business institutions to acquire manufacturing knowledge from transnational corporations and how they used it to grow their own local industries. Whereas South Korea looked to foreign plants as educational systems and pursued with tenacity the new knowledge they possessed, Mexico viewed them as 'cash cows' that generated wages and reduced unemployment. Hanson argues that significant economic growth and improvements in education will only occur when driven by the needs of industrialization.

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Eco-Sufficiency and Global Justice: Women Write Political Ecology
Edited by Ariel Salleh

As the twenty-first century faces a crisis of democracy and sustainability, this book attempts to bring academics and alternative globalisation activists into conversation. Through studies of global neoliberalism, ecological debt, climate change, and the ongoing devaluation of reproductive and subsistence labour, these uncompromising essays by internationally distinguished women thinkers expose the limits of current scholarship in political economy, ecological economics, and sustainability science. The book introduces groundbreaking theoretical concepts for talking about humanity-nature links and will be a challenging read for activists and for students of political economy, environmental ethics, global studies, sociology, women's studies, and critical geography.

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Economic Governance in the Age of Globalization
by William Tabb

Rapid growth, reduced poverty, and stable societies: the announced benefits of the world economy celebrated by neoliberal proponents of "the Washington consensus" have failed to materialize. What does this failure mean for future world order and the U.S. role as global hegemon? Addressing this crucial question, William Tabb argues that global economic institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund constitute a nascent international state for which all previous models of sovereignty, accountability and equity are inadequate. Integrating economics and political science, Tabb traces the emergence of this global state from the closing days of World War II and examines its future prospects.

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Education in Globalization
by Paul Mocombe

Through a series of new and previously published essays, Education in Globalization analyzes the nature of education under American hegemony. The author interprets the role of education as an institutional or ideological apparatus for bourgeois domination. He then examines the means by which global and local social actors are educated within the capitalist world system to serve the needs of the capital (i.e. capital accumulation). The work concludes with an essay delineating what is to be done to reproduce the contemporary capitalist world system, in spite of the pending ecological crisis and the proletarianization of the masses.

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Empire and Dissent: The United States and Latin America
By Fred Rosen

Since the early nineteenth century, the United States has repeatedly intervened in the affairs of Latin American nations to pursue its own interests and to “protect” those countries from other imperial powers or from internal “threats.” The resentment and opposition generated by the encroachment of U.S. power has been evident in the recurrent attempts of Latin American nations to pull away from U.S. dominance and in the frequent appearance of popular discontent and unrest directed against imperialist U.S. policies. In Empire and Dissent, senior Latin Americanists explore the interplay between various dimensions of imperial power and the resulting dissent and resistance.

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Financial Elites and Transnational Business: Who Rules the World?
Edited by Georgina Murray and John Scott

This absorbing book addresses the seemingly simple question of who rules the world by linking it to debates about who owns the world and what this means for the dynamics of global power distribution.

Several expert contributors focus on global issues, including the role of transnational finance, interlocking directorates, ownership and tax havens. Others examine how these issues at the global level interact with the regional or nation state level in the US, the UK, China, Australia and Mexico. The book scrutinizes globalization from a fresh, holistic perspective, examining the relationship between the national and transnational to uncover the most significant structures and agents of power. Possible policy futures are also considered.

Contributors: W. K. Carroll, B. Cronin, F., X. Dudouet, E. Gremont, J. Harris, G. Murray, D. Peetz, A. Salas-Porras, J. Scott, C. L. Staples, A. van Fossen, A. Vion

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Global Capitalism Unbound
Edited by Eva Paus
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The rapid growth of offshore outsourcing is unleashing dramatic changes around the world. This book brings together leading experts to analyze the implications of this transformation. For some, outsourcing promises more rapid economic growth for developed and developing countries. For others, it unravels the social contract in rich countries, as labor and governments lose bargaining power to globally mobile capital. For yet others, it offers some developing nations the opportunity to leapfrog, while pushing others to the sidelines. This book gives a full account of the winners and losers in outsourcing and of how its benefits might be spread more equitably.

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Global Crises and the Crisis of Global Leadership
Edited by Stephen Gill

This groundbreaking collection on global leadership features innovative and critical perspectives by scholars from international relations, political economy, medicine, law and philosophy, from North and South. The book's novel theorization of global leadership is situated historically within the classics of modern political theory and sociology, relating it to the crisis of global capitalism today. Contributors reflect on the multiple political, economic, social, ecological and ethical crises that constitute our current global predicament. The book suggests that there is an overarching condition of global organic crisis, which shapes the political and organizational responses of the dominant global leadership and of various subaltern forces. Contributors argue that to meaningfully address the challenges of the global crisis will require far more effective, inclusive and legitimate forms of global leadership and global governance than have characterized the neoliberal era.

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Global Giant: Is China Changing the Rules of the Game?
Edited by Eva Paus, Penelope B. Prime and Jon Western

In this book leading scholars and practitioners from different disciplines and perspectives analyze how Chinafs phenomenal transformation and growth over the past two decades is challenging the rules of the game, internally and globally. They focus on three critical areas: the internal economic, environmental and political sustainability of Chinafs development strategies; the economic development options for the rest of the developing world; and the continued economic and geo]political dominance of the United States. With its breadth of coverage and attention to the interconnections among these pivotal issues, this book makes a unique contribution to our understanding of the implications of the rise of China.

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Global Shift, Sixth Edition: Mapping the Changing Contours of the World Economy
By Peter Dicken

Widely adopted throughout the world, this definitive text comprehensively examines how the global economy works and its effects on people and places. Peter Dicken provides a balanced yet critical analysis of globalization processes and debates. The text synthesizes a wealth of data on production, distribution, consumption, and innovation, including detailed case studies of key global industries. Students learn how the global economic map is being shaped and reshaped by dynamic interactions among transnational corporations, states, consumers, labor, and civil society organizations. Useful features include nearly 250 quick-reference figures and tables. The companion website offers PowerPoint slides of the figures and tables, additional case studies and questions, annotated Web links, and more.

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Global Social Change: Comparative and Historical Perspectives
Edited by Christopher Chase-Dunn and Salvatore J. Babones

The essays in Global Social Change explore globalization from a world-systems perspective, untangling its many contested meanings. This perspective offers insights into globalization's gradual and uneven growth throughout the course of human social evolution.

In this informative and exciting volume, Christopher Chase-Dunn and Salvatore J. Babones bring together accomplished senior sociologists and outstanding younger scholars with a mix of interests, expertise, and methodologies to offer an introduction to ways of studying and understanding global social change.

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Globalization and Health
Richard L. Harris and Melinda Seid, Editors

This international collection of essays on globalization and health examines the global health issues associated with the economic, technological, political, social, cultural and environmental effects of globalization. The essays analyze the complex linkages between globalization and health, the health effects of globalization at all levels (global, national, and local), and the policy and institutional responses associated with the health consequences of globalization.

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Globalization and Social Exclusion: A Transformationalist Perspective
by Ronaldo Munck

We inhabit a world of consequences and butterfly effects. When global economies integrate, what disintegrates as a result? The answer, Ronaldo Munck contends, is social equality. This is the first book to view globalization through the lens of social exclusion--defined as all the ways in which people are prevented from obtaining the necessities of life.

To illustrate how globalization deepens the existing inequities of race, place, gender, and class, in both the global North and South, the author highlights disparities in living conditions; the feminization of poverty and the global sex trade; the effects of racism, migration, and multiculturalism; and the formation and political manifestations of social class.

He boldly develops a politics and ethics of transformation to move us beyond social exclusion--even beyond mere social inclusion. He provides us with the tools to transform society from within, creating a more democratic and just global order.

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Globalization and Technocapitalism: The Political Economy of Corporate Power and Technological Domination
By Luis Suarez-Villa

Globalization and Technocapitalism considers the global reach of a new capitalist era, exploring the nature of 'technocapitalism' as grounded in new forms of accumulation, commodification, and corporate organization. As technological creativity, corporate research, and talent flows become more important than ever, this book explores the manner in which globalization acquires new contextual features that will become central to the macro-social dynamics of the twenty-first century. It thus sheds light on the resultant growth in global inequalities and more intrusive forms of global domination that are grounded in emerging sectors, such as nanotechnology, biotechnology and its diverse fields, such as genomics, synthetic bioengineering, bioinformatics and biopharmacology, and related advances in computing and telecommunications. Read more >>

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Globalization and Third World Women: Exploitation, Coping and Resistance
Edited by Ligaya Lindio-McGovern and Isidor Wallimann

Adopting the notion of 'third world' as a political as well as a geographical category, this volume analyzes marginalized women's experiences of globalization. It unravels the intersections of race, culture, ethnicity, nationality and class which have shaped the position of these women in the global political economy, their cultural and their national history. In addition to a thematically structured and highly informative investigation, the authors offer an exploration of the policy implications which are commonly neglected in mainstream literature. The result is a must have volume for sociological academics, social policy experts and professionals working within non-governmental organizations.

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Globalization, Labor Export and Resistance: A Study of Filipino Migrant Domestic Workers in Global Cities
By Ligaya Lindio-McGovern

As a significant contribution to the on-going debate on the role of neoliberal states in reproducing gender-race-class inequality in the global political economy, the volume examines the aggressive implementation of neoliberal policies of globalization in the Philippines, and how labor export has become a contradictory feature of the country's international political economy while being contested from below. Lindio-McGovern presents theoretical and ethnographic insights from observational and interview data gathered during fieldwork in various global cities—Hong Kong, Taipei, Rome, Vancouver, Chicago and Metro-Manila. The result is a compelling weave of theory and experience of exploitation and resistance, an important development in discourses and literature on globalization and social movements seeking to influence regimes that exploit migrant women as cheap labor to sustain gendered global capitalism.

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Globalizing Democracy and Human Rights
by Carol C. Gould

In her new book, Carol Gould, the author of the highly regarded and successful Rethinking Democracy, addresses the fundamental challenge of democratizing globalization, that is, of finding ways to open transnational institutions and communities to democratic participation by those widely affected by their decisions.

The book develops a framework for expanding such participation in crossborder contexts, arguing for a strengthened understanding of human rights that can confront worldwide economic and social inequalities. It also introduces a new role for the ideas of care and solidarity at a distance. Reinterpreting the idea of universality to encompass a multiplicity of cultural perspectives, the author takes up a number of applied issues, including the persistence of racism, the human rights of women, the democratic management of firms, the use of the Internet to enhance political participation, and the importance of empathy and genuine democracy in understanding terrorism and responding to it.

Clearly and accessibly written, this major new contribution to political philosophy will be of special interest to professionals and graduate students in philosophy, political science, women’s studies, public policy, and international affairs, as well as anyone who wants to more fully comprehend the dilemmas of a globalized world.

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Globalization and Emerging Societies: Development and Inequality
Edited by Jan Nederveen Pieterse and Boike Rehbein

In the setting of twenty-first century globalization this volume focuses on emerging societies, rather than emerging markets or powers. Adopting a sociological perspective, each chapter focuses on development and social inequality in emerging societies, with contributions from renowned international scholars.

"This original collection offers a novel perspective: that of emerging societies and global inequalities. It is comprehensive yet focused; comparative yet cumulative; interdisciplinary yet cohesive. It presents a range of critical voices from and about the global South yet cautions that not all countries and sectors will benefit: only some capitalisms and communities will thrive as the BRICs supersede the dominance of the G-8." - Timothy M Shaw, Professor& Director, Institute of International Relations at The University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad& Tobago. Read more...

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Globalization or Empire?
by Jan Nederveen Pieterse

In this smart and concise examination of the trends driving contemporary globalization, Jan Nederveen Pieterse argues that the United States' pursuit of global primacy is based upon a complex melding of neoliberal economics and hegemonic pursuits.

Do alternate capitalisms offer viable alternatives to the American way? Globalization or Empire? looks at globalization with acuity and thoughtfulness and uncovers its underlying dramas.

Jan Nederveen Pieterse is professor of sociology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, co-editor of the Review of International Political Economy and author of Globalization and Culture and Empire and Emancipation. Read more...

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Globalization: The Greatest Hits, A Global Studies Reader
By Manfred B. Steger

The premier scholar of globalization studies, Manfred B. Steger, has brought together here the “greatest hits” of the field since it emerged in the 1980s. In addition to carefully selecting and editing twenty of the most influential pieces on globalization out of a vast repertoire of writing, Steger provides an original and insightful introduction that spotlights the gist of these gems while showing how they build on one another thematically. Manageable in length and price, this “top 20” list is perfect for all readers wanting to know how globalization has evolved and the way in which it serves as a backdrop to the current global economic crisis.

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Handbook on World Social Forum Activism
Edited by Jackie Smith, Ellen Reese, Scott Byrd, and Elizabeth Smythe

Handbook of World Social Forum Activism brings together some of the leading scholars of the WSF process from North America and Europe to offer comparative and longitudinal analyses of the World Social Forum process. Succinct chapters offer lessons and insights on this important global movement drawing from a variety of innovative research methods. The collection documents and contributes to the ongoing process of reflection and learning from World Social Forum experiences and is accessible to activists, students, and scholars alike.

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Hyperconflict: Globalization and Insecurity
By James H. Mittelman

This book addresses two questions that are crucial to the human condition in the twenty-first century: does globalization promote security or fuel insecurity? And what are the implications for world order? Coming to grips with these matters requires building a bridge between the geoeconomics and geopolitics of globalization, one that extends to the geostrategic realm. Yet few analysts have sought to span this gulf.

Filling the void, Mittelman identifies systemic drivers of global security and insecurity and demonstrates how the intense interaction between them heightens insecurity at a world level. The emergent confluence he labels hyperconflict—a structure characterized by a reorganization of political violence, a growing climate of fear, and increasing instability at a world level. Ultimately, his assessment offers an "early warning" to enable prevention of a gathering storm of hyperconflict, and the establishment of enduring peace.

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In an Outpost of the Global Economy: Work and Workers in India's Information Technology Industry
Edited by Carol Upadhya and A.R. Vasavi

While much has been written on the growth of information technology (IT) and IT-enabled services in India, little is known about the people who work in these industries, about the nature of the work itself, and about its wider social and cultural ramifications. The papers in this collection combine empirical research with theoretical insight to fill this gap and explore questions about the trajectory of globalization in India. The themes covered include: (a) sourcing and social structuring of the new global workforce; (b) the work process, work culture, regimes of control and resistance in IT-enabled industries; (c) work, culture and identity; (d) nations, borders and cross-border flows.

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Is There Hope for Uncle Sam?
by Jan Nederveen Pieterse

For over a century now, America has dominated global politics and the global imagination. Yet as the dollar declines, inequality increases, rates of consumption are unprecedented and American unilateralism comes under fire, such hegemony is increasingly unsustainable. In this provocative new book, leading sociologist Jan Nederveen Pieterse asks whether it’s possible for America to chart a different course.

Nederveen Pieterse argues that correcting the course of decline would mean taking drastic steps. Only a reinvention of New Deal politics could address social inequality, whilst repositioning itself in world politics would mean adopting genuine multilateralism. In the current ‘American bubble’ however, political and corporate unaccountability are so entrenched, and the constants of policy – support for Wall Street, the Pentagon and Israel – are so widely accepted by powerful elites that change is unlikely to come from within.

Is there Hope for Uncle Sam? is a clear and provocative look at one of the big questions facing us in this century.

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Jose Maria Sison: At Home in the World
Portrait of a Revolutionary
Conversations with Ninotchka Rosca

George W. Bush and his Administration have labeled Jose Maria Sison as a “terrorist”. Former United States Attorney-General Ramsey Clark has stated, “Those of us who are working to stop the unbridled aggression against the world that has been unleashed by the Bush White House should make every effort to defend Prof. Jose Maria Sison, and to support the Filipino people as they struggle to defend sovereignty and build peace.”

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Karl Marx: A World to Win
By William A. Pelz

Karl Marx, part of the Library of World Biography Series, is aimed primarily at undergraduates with little or no background knowledge of Marx or his theories. This book covers the important aspects of his life and the major theoretical arguments of his work. It also explores the Industrial Revolution through the lens of Marx's view of socialism, not simply as an ethical idea but also as a way of framing the industrial system and its impact on workers.

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Latin America and Global Capitalism
by William I. Robinson

This ambitious volume chronicles and analyzes from a critical globalization perspective the social, economic, and political changes sweeping across Latin America from the 1970s through the present day. Sociologist William I. Robinson summarizes his theory of globalization and discusses how Latin America’s political economy has changed as the states integrate into the new global production and financial system, focusing specifically on the rise of nontraditional agricultural exports, the explosion of maquiladoras, transnational tourism, and the export of labor and the import of remittances. He follows with an overview of the clash among global capitalist forces, neoliberalism, and the new left in Latin America, looking closely at the challenges and dilemmas resistance movements face and their prospects for success. Through three case studies—the struggles of the region's indigenous peoples, the immigrants rights movement in the United States, and the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela—Robinson documents and explains the causes of regional socio-political tensions, provides a theoretical framework for understanding the present turbulence, and suggests possible outcomes to the conflicts.

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Local Lives and Global Transformations: Towards World Society
by Paul Kennedy

Although all humans are caught up in profound globalizing processes which create shared insecurities, most people across the Global North and South demonstrate only a limited awareness of this situation and remain predominantly absorbed and diverted by the pull of their local lives. A shared global consciousness is urgently needed but thinly spread. Drawing on global theory and many case studies this book explores both the continuing local roots of globalization and the central role of micro-relationships in helping, often unintentionally, to shape – and sometimes challenge - its associated transformations.

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The Making of a Transnational Capitalist Class: Corporate Power in the 21st Century
By William K. Carroll

Throughout the world, there has been a growing wave of interest in global corporate power and the rise of a transnational capitalist class, triggered by economic and political transformations that have blurred national borders and disembedded corporate business from national domiciles. Using social network analysis, William Carroll maps the changing field of power generated by elite relations among the world's largest corporations and related political organizations.

Carroll provides an in-depth analysis that spans the three decades of the late 20th and early 21st century, when capitalist globalization attained unprecedented momentum, propelled both by the transnationalization of accumulation and by the political paradigm of transnational neoliberalism. This has been an era in which national governments have deregulated capital, international institutions such as the World Trade Organization and the World Economic Forum have gained prominence, and production and finance have become more fully transnational, increasing the structural power of capital over communities and workers.

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The Nation in the Global Era: Conflict and Transformation
Edited by Jerry Harris
The Nation in the Global Era: Conflict and Transformation includes papers presented at the 2008 GSA North American Conference held at Pace University in New York City. This volume offers unique perspectives into a range of important current topics for both activists and scholars concerned with globalization. The articles combine the study of globalization as an integrated world system with the specifics of how individual nations and groups are inserted into the larger economic, social, cultural and political patterns. This essential approach seeks out those forces that create a shared world system, yet understands the multiple levels and variances under which that system develops.

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New Departures in Marxian Theory
by Stephen Resnick and Richard Wolff

Major changes have shaken Marxism over recent decades. This collection of essays documents what has become the most original formulation of Marxist theory as it repositions itself for the twenty-first century. The authors’ new non-determinist and class-focused Marxist theory is both responsive to and critical of the other movements transforming modern social thought from postmodernism to feminism to radical democracy and the "new social movements."

In facing and trying to resolve contradictions and lapses within Marxism, Resnick and Wolff have confronted the basic incompatibilities among the dominant modern versions of Marxian theory, and the fact that Marxism seemed cut off from the criticisms of determinist modes of thought offered by poststructuralism and post-modernism as well as by some of Marxism’s greatest theorists.

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Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti
by Jeb Sprague

In this path-breaking book, Jeb Sprague investigates the dangerous world of right-wing paramilitarism in Haiti and its role in undermining the democratic aspirations of the Haitian people. Sprague focuses on the period beginning in 1990 with the rise of Haiti’s first democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and the right-wing movements that succeeded in driving him from power. Over the ensuing two decades, paramilitary violence was largely directed against the poor and supporters of Aristide’s Lavalas movement, taking the lives of thousands of Haitians. Sprague seeks to understand how this occurred, and traces connections between paramilitaries and their elite financial and political backers, in Haiti but also in the United States and the Dominican Republic.

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Perspectives on Global Development and Technology Special Issue
Perspectives on Global Development and Technology Special Issue: The Global Struggle for Human Rights includes papers presented at the 2009 GSA North American Conference held at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. This volume provides the reader with an expansive view on the issues of human rights and each section provides unique insights into a different series of topics. Ranging from theoretical discussions on cultural relativism and the universality of rights to the redefinition of environmental sustainability as an indispensable element of human rights, each author offers essential works that help define the expanding terrain of democracy.

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The Political Economy of U.S. Militarism
by Ismael Hossein-Zadeh

This wide-ranging, interdisciplinary analysis blends history, economics, and politics to challenge most of the prevailing accounts of the rise of U.S. militarism. While acknowledging the contributory role of some of the most widely-cited culprits (big oil, neoconservative ideology, the Zionist lobby, and President Bush’s world outlook), this study explores the bigger, but largely submerged, picture: the political economy of war and militarism. The study is unique not only for its thorough examination of the economics of military spending, but also for its careful analysis of a series of closely related topics (petroleum, geopolitics, imperialism, terrorism, religious fundamentalism, the war in Iraq, and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict) that may appear as digressions but, in fact, help shed more light on the main investigation.

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Power and Resistance in the New World Order, 2nd edition
by Stephen Gill

In this fully updated and revised new edition, this challenging work further develops a radical theory of the new world order to argue that as the globalization of power intensifies, so too do globalized forms of resistance. Leading political scientist Stephen Gill explains this dialectic of power and resistance involving governance, political economy and civilization with reference to struggles as far-reaching as US supremacy, the power of capital, market civilization, new constitutionalism, neo-liberalism and disciplinary and surveillance power.

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Recreating Democracy in a Globalized State
Edited by Cliff DuRand and Steve Martinot

This collection of essays on corporations, globalization and the state takes a radical look at the role of the state in globalization and its transformation thereby. It addresses such key questions as: What role is the state (in both the North and South) playing in its own rollback and demise? How has the emergence of global production chains facilitated the emergence of a transnational capitalist class? Do states still serve the interests of the peoples they govern, or do they now primarily serve the interests of global transnational capital? It is unique in that it includes work from and about Cuba in relation to globalization. The editors and contributors are long-time social activists approaching the issues from the perspective of the global South.

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Social Democracy After the Cold War
Edited by Bryan Evans and Ingo Schmidt

Offering a comparative look at social democratic experience since the Cold War, the volume examines countries where social democracy has long been an influential political force—Sweden, Germany, Britain, and Australia—while also considering the history of Canada's NDP, the social democratic tradition in the United States, and the emergence of New Left parties in Germany and the province of Québec. The case studies point to a social democracy that has confirmed its rupture with the postwar order and its role as the primary political representative of workingclass interests. Once marked by redistributive and egalitarian policy perspectives, social democracy has, the book argues, assumed a new role—that of a modernizing force advancing the neoliberal cause.

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Social Movements in the World-System: The Politics of Crisis and Transformation
By Jackie Smith and Dawn Wiest

In Social Movements in the World-System, Jackie Smith and Dawn Wiest build upon theories of social movements, global institutions, and the political economy of the world-system to uncover how institutions define the opportunities and constraints on social movements, which in turn introduce ideas and models of action that help transform social activism as well as the system itself. Smith and Wiest trace modern social movements to the founding of the United Nations, as well as struggles for decolonization and the rise of national independence movements, showing how these movements have shifted the context in which states and other global actors compete and interact. Read more...

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Solidarity Divided
by Bill Fletcher, Jr. and Fernando Gapasin
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Candid, incisive, and accessible, Solidarity Divided is a critical examination of labor’s current crisis and a plan for a bold new way forward into the twenty-first century. Bill Fletcher and Fernando Gapasin offer a remarkable mix of vivid history and probing analysis. They chart changes in U.S. manufacturing, examine the onslaught of globalization, consider the influence of the environment on labor, and provide the first broad analysis of the fallout from the 2000 and 2004 elections on the U.S. labor movement. This is essential reading for understanding how the battle for social justice can be fought and won.

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A Theory of Global Capitalism: Production, Class, and State in a Transnational World
by William I. Robinson

In this book, sociologist William I. Robinson offers a theory of globalization that follows the rise of a new capitalist class and a transnational state. Growing beyond national boundaries, this new class comprises a global system in which Japanese capitalists are just as comfortable investing in Latin America as North Americans are in Southeast Asia. Their development of global, interconnected industries and businesses make them drivers of world capitalism.

Robinson explains how global capital mobility has allowed capital to reorganize production worldwide in accordance with a whole range of considerations that allow for maximizing profit making opportunities. As a result, production systems that were once located in a single country have been fragmented and integrated externally into new globalized circuits of accumulation. What this means, however, is not simply that factories are located overseas where labor might be cheaper, but rather that the whole production process is broken down into smaller parts and each of those parts moved to a different country, depending on where investment might be highest. Yet at the same time, this worldwide decentralization and fragmentation of the production process has taken place alongside the centralization of command and control of the global economy in transnational capital.

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Transnational Conflicts: Central America, Social Change, and Globalization
by William I. Robinson
Reviewed by Jerry Harris

William Robinson is emerging as a major theorist on globalization, with particular expertise on Central and Latin America. His latest work, Transnational Conflicts combines innovative theoretical insights with a detailed empirical study of Central America. Any argument that positions U.S. hegemony at the center of a nation/state imperialist system will have to answer Robinson’s analysis of transnational capitalism.

What makes Robinson’s approach so unique is that he takes his argument into the heart of what most observers consider the backyard of U.S. imperialism, Central America. If any region of the world is under U.S. hegemony many would list the countries of this region: Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

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