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Issue 2017, 3

The Latest Books on Globalization || Being-in-the-Global-World

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What does it mean to live in a “global world”, and how do we perceive this “globality”? In order to answer these questions, one has to consider the mistrust for the concept of “globalisation” by many people all over the world, especially in the Western countries. The Brexit referendum results, the election of Trump, the resurgence of nationalist and xenophobic forces directly challenge the idea of a global world conceived as a world we all live in as humans, a globe we all care about both in an ecologic and humanitarian sense.

As stated by I.M. Kanté, Y. Rolland, J.P. Tardieu, E. Samouth and M. Mezzapesa (Identités en contextes pluriels), the process of globalisation not only affects our material lives, but also our identities. Those who consider these changes to be a damaging loss, reject the interconnections implied in the notion of “global world” and aim at re-establishing fixed boundaries both geo-politically and existentially. The fact that this refusal of the “global” appears in the ballot boxes raises another question: which is the relationship between globalisation and democracy? As pointed out by J. Michie (Globalisation and Democracy), the voters have used their right to reject both the concept of globalisation and the mainstream parties that promoted it. Thus, the question became: is it really possible to democratically refuse the globalisation process, and what does this mean for our world? Furthermore, many studies have showed a generational divide in the Brexit electoral results as well as in the election of Trump. There seems to be a fracture between what K. Ullmann calls a “global generation” (Generationscapes. Empirie und Theorie einer globalen Generation) and a “local” (and older) one.

Yet, these facts are examples of the “moving backwards” of the world affirmed by H. Geiselberger (The Great Regression). As explained by Z. Bauman (Retrotopia), humanity seems to be more focused on the past rather than the future. That is, people seem to prefer relating themselves with what has been, instead of what could be. Surely, “globality” is not univocal: Gabriel Rockhill (Counter-History of the Present: Untimely Interrogations into Globalization, Technology, Democracy) challenges what he calls the “grand narrative” of globalisation, for billions of people still lack economic security, digital access and real political power. Yet, as affirmed by A. Cerella and L. Odysseos (Heidegger and the Global Age) the “global age” represents the conceptual and existential background of our being-in-the-world. That is, either we interpret our lives as a “being-in-the-global-world”, or we cannot fully comprehend our being.




Selected list


Z. Bauman (2017), Retrotopia (Cambridge: Polity Press).

A. Cerella, L. Odysseos (eds.) (2017), Heidegger and the Global Age (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield).

S. Chan (2017), Plural International Relations in a Divided World (Cambridge: Polity Press).

B. Christophers, A. Leyshon, G. Mann (eds.) (2017), Money and Finance After the Crisis: Critical Thinking for Uncertain Times (Hoboken: Wiley).

D. Della Porta (eds.) (2017), Global Diffusion of Protest (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press).

R. Diop (2017), L’Afrique dans la globalisation: Une braderie sans fin (Paris: Éditions Harmattan).

D. Dorling (2017), Do We Need Economic Inequality? (Cambridge: Polity Press).

J. Eade, C. Rumford (eds.) (2017), Re-Living the Global City. Global/Local Processes (New York: Routledge).

G. Fuchs (2017), Mondialiser la gauche (Paris: Éditions Harmattan).

H. Geiselberger (ed.) (2017), The Great Regression (Cambridge: Polity Press).

O. Godard (2017), Global Climate Justice. Proposals, Arguments and Justification (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing).

T. Haas, H. Westlund (eds.) (2017), In the Post-Urban World (New York: Routledge).

D. Held (2017), Cosmopolitanism (Hoboken: Wiley).

A. Hochadel (2017), Local Leadership in a Global Era. Policy and Behaviour Change in Cities (Cham: Springer International).

K. Kalus (2017), Wie wirtschaftet die Welt? (Berlin: Springer).

I.M. Kanté, Y. Rolland, J.P. Tardieu, E. Samouth, M. Mezzapesa (2017), Identités en contextes pluriels (Paris: Éditions Harmattan).

Z. Mahmood (2017), Globalization and Labour Reforms (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

A. Márcio Buainain, M. Rocha de Sousa, Z. Navarro (eds.) (2017), Globalization and Agriculture. Redefining Unequal Development (Lanham: Lexington Books).

M. McAllister, M. Sabbagh (eds.) (2017), Perspecta 50. Urban Divides (Cambridge: MIT Press).

J. Michie (2017), Advanced Introduction to Globalisation (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing).

J. Michie (ed.) (2017), Globalisation and Democracy (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing).

C. Prins, C. Cuijpers, P.L. Lindseth, M. Rosina (eds.) (2017), Digital Democracy in a Globalized World (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing).

A. Roberts (2017), Is International Law International? (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

G. Rockhill (2017), Counter-History of the Present: Untimely Interrogations into Globalization, Technology, Democracy (Durham: Duke University Press).

U. Schuerkens (2017), Social Changes in a Global World (New York: Sage).

B. Selwyn (2017), The Struggle for Development (Cambridge: Polity Press).

A. Sen (2017), Collective Choice and Social Welfare. An Expanded Edition (Cambridge: Harvard University Press).

A. Shattuck, C. Schiavoni, Z. VanGelder (eds.) (2017), The Politics of Food Sovereignty. Concept, Practice and Social Movements (New York: Routledge).

J.F. Simonin (2017), Clés d’accès au XXIIE siècle, tome 1 La destruction créatrice, une illusion ravageuse (Paris: Éditions Harmattan).

C. Turner, D. Johnson (2017), Global Infrastructure Networks. The Trans-National Strategy and Policy Interface (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing).

K. Ullmann (2017), Generationscapes. Empirie und Theorie einer globalen Generation (Berlin: Transcript Verlag).

D.K. Vajpeyi, R. Oberoi (2017), Globalization Reappraised. A Talisman or a False Oracle (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield).

DOI: 10.12893/gjcpi.2017.3.8