The Globalization Syndrome: Transformation and Resistance

The Globalization Syndrome: Transformation and Resistance

by James H. Mittelman

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Overview

Here James Mittelman explains the systemic dynamics and myriad consequences of globalization, focusing on the interplay between globalizing market forces, in some instances guided by the state, and the needs of society. Mittelman finds that globalization is hardly a unified phenomenon but rather a syndrome of processes and activities: a set of ideas and a policy framework. More specifically, globalization is propelled by a changing division of labor and power, manifested in a new regionalism, and challenged by fledgling resistance movements. The author argues that a more complete understanding of globalization requires an appreciation of its cultural dimensions. From this perspective, he considers the voices of those affected by this trend, including those who resist it and particularly those who are hurt by it.



The Globalization Syndrome is among the first books to present a holistic and multilevel analysis of globalization, connecting the economic to the political and cultural, joining agents and multiple structures, and interrelating different local, regional, and global arenas. Mittelman's findings are drawn mainly from the non-Western worlds. He provides a cross-regional analysis of Eastern Asia, an epicenter of globalization, and Southern Africa, a key node in the most marginalized continent. The evidence shows that while offering many benefits to some, globalization has become an uneasy correlation of deep tensions, giving rise to a range of alternative scenarios.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400823697
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 02/28/2000
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 789 KB

About the Author

James H. Mittelman is Professor of International Relations in the School of International Service at American University, Washington, D.C. He is the author or editor of six books, including Globalization: Critical Reflections.

Table of Contents

List of Tables ix
Preface and Acknowledgments xi
List of Abbreviations xv
Introduction 3
Chapter 1 The Dynamics of Globalization 15
PART 1: THE GLOBAL DIVISION OF LABOR AND POWER 31
Chapter 2 Rethinking the International Division of Labor 33
Chapter 3 Globalization and Migration 58
Chapter 4 Global Poverty and Gender (Coauthored with Ashwini Tambe) 74
Chapter 5 Marginalization: Opening the Market in Mozambique 90
PART II: REGIONALISM AND GLOBALIZATION 109
Chapter 6 The "New Regionalism" 111
Chapter 7 Global Hegemony and Regionalism (Coauthored with Richard Falk) 131
Chapter 8 Subregional Responses to Globalization 147
PART III: RESISTANCE TO GLOBALIZATION 163
Chapter 9 Conceptualizing Res'stance to Globalization (Coauthored with Christine B. N. Chin) 165
Chapter 10 Environmental Resistance Politics 179
Chapter 11 Global Organized Crime (Coauthorized with Robert Johnston) 203
Chapter 12 Conclusion:Contents and Discontents 223
Appendix: Interview Questionnaire 251
References 253
Index 277

What People are Saying About This

Greenberg

The Globalization Syndrome is an altogether outstanding work that should command favorable attention from decision-makers affected by globalization and from the scholarly community. James Mittelman writes with a compelling moral passion for social justice, without sacrificing analytical vigor, and takes the reader on a journey to search for the causes of present trends.
Edward S. Greenberg, University of Colorado, Boulder

Cox

An impressive book, both for its theoretical interest and its depth of empirical research. James Mittelman's work is distinctive in treating globalization from the standpoint of those who are impacted by it, and especially those who are hurt by it. Anyone convinced of the truth of neoliberal economics should be aware of his arguments, if only to understand the challenge they present. Others, less convinced of the merits of neoliberal economics, will read this book as a call to develop alternative economic, social, and political projects for a future of greater social equity.
Robert W. Cox, York University

From the Publisher

"An impressive book, both for its theoretical interest and its depth of empirical research. James Mittelman's work is distinctive in treating globalization from the standpoint of those who are impacted by it, and especially those who are hurt by it. Anyone convinced of the truth of neoliberal economics should be aware of his arguments, if only to understand the challenge they present. Others, less convinced of the merits of neoliberal economics, will read this book as a call to develop alternative economic, social, and political projects for a future of greater social equity."—Robert W. Cox, York University

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