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Vulnerability and Violence: The Impact of Globalization


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'Vulnerability' is now a key term in globalisation studies. It is used to describe how globalisation impacts on individual security, local communities and even global flows of trade, finance and investment. Yet there has been little attempt to interrogate the term and what it is trying to express about globalisation.Peadar Kirby examines what is really meant by 'vulnerability' and links it to new forms of violence that have resulted from decreased security and social cohesion. He argues that vulnerability and violence are characteristic features of a new world order dominated by neoliberal globalisation. Illustrating his argument with a wealth of examples taken from all over the world — from the sudden collapse of the middle class in Argentina to increased levels of poverty internationally — he offers a robust theoretical grounding that will be of use to anyone studying vulnerability and violence and their relation to contemporary globalisation.

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Having written considerably about globalization, particularly in Ireland and Latin America, Kirby (international relations and globalization, Dublin City U.) here turns to the question of how the lives of individuals, families, communities, and countries are being shaped by the phenomenon. Violence he includes as both a cause and an expression of vulnerability. He follows a strict regimen: description, diagnosis, interrogation, and remedies. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


Investigates the real meaning of 'vulnerability' in globalisation studies, and how it relates to new forms of violence.


An innovative and rigorous book.' Fred Halliday, Fortnight

About the Author

Paedar Kirby is a senior lecturer in the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University where he lectures on International Relations and Globalisation. He was previously a journalist at the Irish Times covering Latin American issues. He is the author of Reinventing Ireland (Pluto Press, 2002).

Table of Contents


1. Globalisation, Vulnerability and Violence

Section I: Description

2. Risk's New Riskiness

3. Coping with Risk

Section II: Diagnosis

4. The Political Economy of Globalisation

5. Globalisation's Cultural Worlds

Section III: Interrogation

6. Society and Market

7. The Individual and Society (written with Toni Ryan)

Section IV: Remedies

8. 'So What Should We Do?'

9. Contesting Globalisation



Product Details

Kirby, Peadar
Pluto Press (UK)
Social aspects
International Security
Political Freedom & Security - International Secur
Violence in Society
Globalization - Economic aspects
Politics - General
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8.47 x 5.32 x 0.7 in

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