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In this provocative analysis of global politics, the anthropologist Marc Abélès argues that the meaning and aims of political action have radically changed in the era of globalization. As dangers such as terrorism and global warming have moved to the fore of global consciousness, foreboding has replaced the belief that tomorrow will be better than today. Survival, outlasting the uncertainties and threats of a precarious future, has supplanted harmonious coexistence as the primary goal of politics. Abélès contends that this political reorientation has changed our priorities and modes of political action, and generated new debates and initiatives. The proliferation of supranational and transnational organizations—from the European Union to the World Trade Organization (WTO) to Oxfam—is the visible effect of this radical transformation in our relationship to the political realm. Areas of governance as diverse as the economy, the environment, and human rights have been partially taken over by such agencies. Non-governmental organizations in particular have become linked with the mindset of risk and uncertainty; they both reflect and help produce the politics of survival.

Abélès examines the new global politics, which assumes many forms and is enacted by diverse figures with varied sympathies: the officials at meetings of the WTO and the demonstrators outside them, celebrity activists, and online contributors to international charities. He makes an impassioned case that our accounts of globalization need to reckon with the preoccupations and affiliations now driving global politics. The Politics of Survival was first published in France in 2006. This English-language edition has been revised and includes a new preface.

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Argues that the emergence of transnationalism and globalization (particularly in the form of NGOs) is an effect--not the cause--of an unprecedented transformation in our relationship to the political realm.

Synopsis:

An argument that in the era of globalization, survival—outlasting the uncertainties and threats of a precarious future—has supplanted harmonious coexistence as the primary goal of politics.

About the Author

Marc Abélès is a professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, and he holds a research professorship at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. He is the author of numerous books, including Anthropologie de la globalisation, Le Spectacle du pouvoir, and Quiet Days in Burgundy: A Study of Local Politics.

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ISBN:
9780822346074
Author:
Abeles, Marc
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Translator:
Kleinman, Julie
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Kramer, Jane
Subject:
Public opinion -- France.
Subject:
Political psychology
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Public Planet Books
Publication Date:
20100131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

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