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Week 19. Global, Glocal and the Global Imaginary

Does globalisation need a global imaginary? What is the meaning of ‘globality’? Why is the concept of globalisation so much part of current debate? What do people mean by ‘globalisation’? Does globalisation have a future? And how is this future imagined?

1. Readings

Anthony Smith, “Towards a Global Culture?”, Theory, Culture & Society, 7 (1990), pp. 171-191.*

Manfred B. Steger, The Rise of the Global Imaginary: Political Ideologies from the French Revolution to the Global War on Terror (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009). E-Book

Roland Robertson, “Glocalization: Time-Space Homogeneity-Heterogeneity,” in Mike Featherstone et. alt, eds., Global Modernities (London: Sage, 1995), pp. 25-44. HB 6000.G5

Evan Osnos, ‘The Grand Tour: Europe on Fifteen Hundred Yuan a Day’, The New Yorker, 18 April 2011, pp. 50-60.*

2. The Future of Globalisation

How will globalisation look like in 2050 or 2100? Find materials from books, the internet, newspapers etc. and post them on the course Forum by Monday week 9. Read each other materials. We will then discuss them during the seminar.