Culture, Globalization and the World-System: Contemporary by Anthony D. King

By Anthony D. King

A foundational paintings within the learn of the globalization of culture.

First released in 1991, tradition, Globalization and the World-System is without doubt one of the inaugural books discussing the expanding tendency of cultural practices to pass nationwide barriers. Now extensively to be had within the usa for the 1st time and up-to-date with a brand new preface, those influential essays by means of a wonderful crew of cultural critics lay the basis for an essential new box of inquiry.

Culture, Globalization and the World-System perspectives tradition via varied prisms and different types -- together with race, gender, ethnicity, type, and kingdom. The individuals reflect on how socially geared up platforms of which means are produced and represented. Drawing from sociology, paintings historical past, movie reviews, and anthropology, those essays supply paradigms for realizing cultures and the illustration of id in "the global as a unmarried place".

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Those are things which one knows about. Those are the constituent elements of the process which is called globalization. I want to add some other things to them because I think we tend to think about globalization in too unitary a way. And you will see why I am going to insist on that point in a moment. Something else which has been breaking up that older, unitary for- 23 CULTURE, GLOBALIZATION AND THE WORLD-SYSTEM mation is certainly the enormous, continuing migrations of labor in the post-war world.

The new kind of globalization is not English, it is American. In cultural terms, the new kind of globalization has to do with a new form of global mass culture, very different from that associated with English identity, and the cultural identities associated with the nation-state in an earlier phase. Global mass culture is dominated by the modern means of cultural production, dominated by the image which crosses and re-crosses linguistic frontiers much more rapidly and more easily, and which speaks across languages in a much more im med iate way.

Consequently, at the very moment when the so-called material basis of the old English identity is disappearing over the horizon of the West and the East, Thatcherism brings Englishness into a more firm definition, a narrower but firmer definition than it ever had before. Now we are prepared to go to anywhere to defend it: to the South Seas, to the South Atlantic. If we cannot defend it in reality, we 25 CULTURE, GLOBALIZATION AND THE WORLD-SYSTEM will defend it in mime. What else can you call the Falklands episode?

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