Globalization and National Identities: Crisis or Opportunity?

Globalization and National Identities: Crisis or Opportunity?


Edited by Paul T. Kennedy, Edited by Catherine Danks


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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Hardback | 274 pages
  • Dimensions: 146mm x 225mm x 24mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 18 August 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0333929632
  • ISBN 13: 9780333929636
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: tables

Product description

Drawing on original research from social scientists considering 12 countries, this book explores the key issues faced by nations and citizens as they struggle to rediscover, reaffirm or reconstruct their sense of national identities in the face of globalizing forces. Some nations and peoples experience the fragmentation of once certain identities as threatening and likely to generate political and social breakdown. Others encounter globalization as a challenge which brings uncertainties but also opportunities for adaptation, the evolution of hybrid identities or new forms of protest.

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Author information

PAUL KENNEDY is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University and Director of the Research Unit for Global Studies. He has taught sociology, with a special interest in Africa, North-South relations and global affairs, for over thirty years in different countries. His research interests and publications include work on African capitalism and development, green businesses and consumerism and transnational professional communities. CATHERINE DANKS is Senior Lecturer in History and Economic History at Manchester Metropolitan University and a member of the Research Unit for Global Studies. She is the author of Russian Politics and Society.

Table of contents

List of Tables Preface Notes on the Contributors Introduction: Globalization and the Crisis of Identities; P.Kennedy PART ONE: GLOBALIZATION: CRISIS AND THREAT Russia in Search of Itself; C.J.Danks Identity and Conflict in Globalizing Times: Experiencing the Global in Areas Raged by Conflict and the Case of the Bosnian Serbs; I.Armakolas Identity in the Former GDR: Expressions of 'Ostalgia' and Ossi Pride' in United Germany; P.Hogwood 'You and Me Against the World:' Christian Fundamentalists and White Poverty in the USA; J.F.Scott PART TWO: GLOBALIZATION: OPPORTUNITY AND CREATIVE ADAPTATION Global Culture in the Thai Media: The Occidental 'Other' in TV Advertisements; A.Nedpogaeo Globalization, Identity and 'Ireland'; G.H.Fagan Civil-Military Relations and Professional Military Identities after the Nation-State; G.Segell On the Construction of Political Identity: Negotiations and Strategies Beyond the Nation-State; D.J.O'Byrne PART THREE: GLOBALIZATION: THE CHALLENGE OF AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE The Immigration of Foreign Workers: A Mirror of Israel's Changing Identity; W.Berthoniere Identities, Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa: Some International Concerns; E.Stanley Globalization and National Identity Rituals in Brazil and the USA; the Politics of Pleasure versus the Politics of Protest; L.Langman Globalization and Alternative Approaches to the Transformation of Nation States: Scotland as a Test Case; J.W.Books Acronyms Bibliography Index