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Globalization and Postmodern Politics: From Zapatistas to High-Tech Robber Barons

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Publisher Comments:

The book begins with an overview of globalization, showing how wealth and power are concentrated in the hands of a transnational elite while ever increasing numbers of people are being marginalised. Institutions such as the World Trade Organisation and the International Monetary Fund are intent upon exercising a new hegemony over individuals as the role of the traditional nation state is transformed. At the centre of this power shift is a group of high-tech robber barons who dominate the Information Age and exploit the technologies of globalization for their own narrow interests. The second part of the book explores the rise of the new grass roots oppositional movements around the world. Manifest in such diverse struggles as the uprising of the Zapatistas in Mexico and the battle of Seattle against the World Trade Organisation, this new postmodern politics is "de-centred" and has little interest in the old ideologies that dominated much of the twentieth century. The final section of the book contextualizes postmodern politics by drawing on contemporary examples. The authors discuss the demise of socialist and proto-socialist experiments in Chile, Grenada, Nicaragua and Cuba and the emergence of postmodern movements in Latin America. The final two chapters take a specific look at the Zapatista movement and its significance for revolutionary struggles around the world.

Book News Annotation:

In this critique of globalization, Burbach (director of the Center for the Study of the Americas) asserts that institutions such as the World Trade Organization and the International Monetary Fund, and the transnational corporations are intent upon exercising a new hegemony over our lives while the role of the traditional nation state is transformed. He builds his case by showing how a group of high-tech robber barons at the center of this power shift dominate the information age and exploit the technologies of globalization for their own narrow interests. Drawing on contemporary historical experiences, he discusses the emergence of an array of movements comprising the marginalized, the dispossessed, and those who refuse to accept the rule of the transnational elites. Distributed by Stylus.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

An overview of global politics, the corporate powers who dominate the information age and the new revolutionary movements rising up to challenge them.

About the Author

Roger Burbach is Director of the Center for the Study of the Americas. He has written extensively on Latin America, US politics, and on post-communist societies and is the author, with Octavio Nunez and Boris Kagarlitsky, of Globalization and its Discontents: The Rise of Postmodern Socialisms (Pluto Press, 1996).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction: Globalization, New Resistances and the Postmodern Age

Part I: Globalization

1. The Epochal Shift: Co-Authored with William I. Robinson

2. Epochal Clashes: Third Worldization and the New Hegemony: Co-authored with William I Robinson

3. High Tech Robber Barons

Part II: Politics in a Postmodern Age

4. Shades of Postmodern Politics

5. The (Un)defining of Postmodern Marxism

6. The Virtually Existing Global Revolution

Part III: Zapatistas and the Latin American Context(ualization)

7. Socialist and Postmodern Politics in the Americas

8. Roots of the Postmodern Rebellion in Chiapas

9. Zapatismo and the Intergalactic

Product Details

ISBN:
9780745316499
With:
Robinson, Bill
With:
Jeffries, Fiona
With:
Jeffries, Fiona
Author:
Burbach, Roger
Author:
Robinson, Bill
Publisher:
Pluto Press (UK)
Subject:
General
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Economic Policy
Subject:
Economics - Theory
Subject:
Postmodernism
Subject:
Elite (Social sciences)
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Globalization
Subject:
Government, resistance to
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20010131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
184
Dimensions:
8.05 x 5.32 x 0.56 in
Age Level:
Authored by Fiona Jeffries<BR>Epilogue: The Millen

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