Description - Global Culture by Mike Featherstone
Recent decades have seen intensified flows of people, commodities, money, ideas, information and images on a global level. Is a unified world culture emerging? And if so, how does this relate to existing cultural divisions and to the autonomy of the nation state? In this book leading social scientists from many countries analyze to what extent we are seeing a globalization of culture. Differing explanations are offered for trends towards global unification, and their relation to an economic world-system. The contributors explore the emergence of "Third Cultures", such as international law, the financial markets and media conglomerates, as elements which transcend the boundaries of the nation state. Will the intensification of global contact produce increasing tolerance of other cultures? Or will an integrating culture produce sharper reactions in the form of fundamentalist and nationalist movements? As well as examining the extent, causation and consequences of global homogenization, the authors consider its implication for the social sciences. To what extent can sociology still retain the notion of the nation-state society as its basic unit?
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Author Biography - Mike Featherstone
Mike Featherstone is Professor of Communications and Sociology at Nottingham Trent University. CONTRIBUTORS OUTSIDE NORTH AMERICA : Zygmunt Bauman University of Leeds Henning Bech University of Copenhagen Elizabeth Beck-Gernsheim Universtiy of Erlangen Mary Evans University of Kent at Canterbury David Frisby University of Glasgow Mike Hepworth University of Aberdeen Eva Illouz Tel-Aviv University Maria Esther Maciel Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais Michael Richardson SOAS, University of London Laura Rival University of Kent at Canterbury Andrew Travers Somerset Jeffrey Weeks South Bank University Sasha Weitman Tel-Aviv University Sam Whimster London Guildhall University Elizabeth Wilson University of North London Cas Wouters University of Utrecht