ISBN-10:
0691009880
ISBN-13:
9780691009889
Pub. Date:
03/19/2000
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
The Globalization Syndrome: Transformation and Resistance

The Globalization Syndrome: Transformation and Resistance

by James H. MittelmanJames 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: 9780691009889
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 03/19/2000
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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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