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The Follies of Globalisation Theory [Hardcover]

Justin Rosenberg
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21 Mar 2001
The process of globalization over the last decade has prompted a reaction against outdated ideas from thinkers of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and has led to dramatic claims such as the emergence of a "post-international" global society. Justin Rosenberg subjects such fashionable preoccupations, from new ideas in international relations to the sociological foundations of globalization theory, to rigorous scrutiny and finds that the more clearly the new theorists attempt to articulate their arguments, the more equivocal and evasive those arguments become, yielding the intellectual equivalent of an architectural folly.

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  • Hardcover: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Verso Books (21 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859846114
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859846117
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 16.1 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,699,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Polemical essays these are indeed. Rosenberg concentrates his considerable theoretical firepower on three authors, dedicati9ng a chapter to each one. These unlucky souls are Rob Walker, Jan Aart Scholte and Anthony Giddens. Each chapter reconstructs the arguments of the respective author and then sets about dissectuing them in a relentless, often mordantly witty manner ... We need more books that engage critically with the avalanche of globalisation texts, and this timely study sets high standards for the essential project of critique, as well as highlighting the continuing relevance of classical social thinkers."--"International Affairs""Rosenberg takes issue with both the historical context--arguing that contemporary changes in the nation-state system attributed to globalisation had begun well before the advent of capitalism--and the internal logic of the analyses--arguing that contentions that globalisation explains contemporary social change are based on the very things they seek to explain. From the latter perspective Giddens carries the burden of criticism."--"Choice""This book ... will add to the ranks of those who have come to expect work of the highest quality from Rosenberg and have not felt disappointed."--Achin Vanaik

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Justin Rosenberg is Reader in International Relations at the University of Sussex.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not one for the lay-man 16 May 2003
Rosenberg uses complex language, expressions, and International Relations theory lingo to a totally unnecessary extent in this dissection of globalisation theories. He examines the most important architects of globalisation theory (Rob Walker and Anthony Giddens in close detail) and concludes that their theories are based on some highly questionable premises. The use of rather "technical" language can get quite confusing, and Rosenberg often drifts off at a tangent, which makes the text even less coherent.
This is a very interesting book, because it is a serious critique of the new globalisation theory of International Relations. It reveals some very interesting flaws in currently accepted theory, and throws the globalisation debate in to a new light. But it is quite a difficult book to read, as well as being relatively short (the words are very generously spaced out, so its more like a 70 or 80-page book at normal print size).
There are more exhaustive, and less demanding, texts about the concepts of globalisation, but this one is certainly intelligent and very original. Only 3 stars though, because it is made much more complicated than it needs to be by the curious use of language.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant deconstruction of globalisation theory 10 Nov 2009
Rosenerg's book is a brilliant deconstruction of 'gloalisation theory'. With an eloquence that is not normally found in the international politics literature he dissects three of globalisation theory's top advocates, partly as a defence of classical social theorists such as Marx and Weber. Complex it may be, it will remain an outstanding critique of many characteristic approaches to International Relations and International Political economy. I especially like his references to works of Shakespeare - a breath of literary freah air in a field of academia that is too often overly-clinical in its writing style. Five stars for content, five stars for style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fiesty criticism of modern globalization theory 9 Sep 2001
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Justin Rosenberg's The Follies Of Globalization Theory is an intelligent and fiesty criticism of modern globalization theory. Author Rosenberg, who won the 1994 Isaac Deutscher Memorial Prize with his previous work, The Empire of Civil Society, and again spares neither wit nor word in his harsh evaluation of the stagnation of the globalization paradox. Rosenberg's contention is that the more erudite globalization theorists try to be in presenting their arguments, the more amorphous those arguments become. Written to be entertaining as well as erudite, The Follies Of Globalization Theory offers deep thought and scathing warnings about an issue that literally circumscribes the world.
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