A World Beyond Difference: Cultural Identity in the Age of Globalization

A World Beyond Difference: Cultural Identity in the Age of Globalization

Author(s): Ronald Niezen

Print ISBN: 9781405127370

Online ISBN: 9780470776582

DOI: 10.1002/9780470776582

Reviews


"Debates about globalization have become stereotyped. Universalists hope for one world united under rational law; postmodernists and their postcolonial and neo-Marxist allies dream of a heterotopia of autonomous free agents. In this book, Ronald Niezen steps outside this sterile dualism to show how each side subscribes to the same Western utopian ideals, which are then imposed on the facts. Case material from his wide experience illustrates the failings of ideologically generated theories and offers a more realistic approach to the actual experience of globalization. Elegantly written, free of cant, empirically grounded, theoretically sophisticated, and passionately argued, this brilliant book is required reading."

Charles Lindholm, Boston University

"This volume is a thought-provoking, intellectually exciting analysis of the quest for a global borderless society ... The author presents many inspired and thought-provoking challenges to the reader and one cannot but be impressed by the logic of his arguments." Cambridge University Press

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