World Culture: Origins and Consequences

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Juni 2005



This book explores the development, content, and impact of world culture. Combining several of the most fruitful theoretical perspectives on world culture, including the world polity approach and globalization theory, the book gives a historical treatment of the development of world culture and assesses the complex impact of world culture on people, organizations, and societies. This is a provocative, synthetic, and grounded interpretation of world culture that is essential for any student or scholar of globalization and world affairs.
Traces world culture back from the mid-19th century to the present day
Includes numerous illustrations of key issues and empirical research
Written in lively, accessible language for the student and general scholar


List of Tables.Acknowledments.List of Abbreviations.1. Introduction: The Olympic Games and the Meaning of World Culture.2. Analyzing World Culture: Alternative Theories.3. Tracing World Culture: A Brief History ..4. Constructing World Culture: UN Meetings as Global Ritual.5. Sustaining World Culture: The Infrastructure of Technology and Organizations.6. Differentiating World Culture: National Identity and the Pursuit of Diversity.7. Transforming World Culture: The Antiglobalization Movement as Cultural Critique.8. Expanding World Culture: Pentecostalism as a Global Movement.9. Opposing World Culture: Islamism and the Clash of Civilizations.10. Instituting World Culture: The International Criminal Court and Global Governance.11. Epilogue: Reflections on World Culture.References.Index


Frank J. Lechner is Associate Professor of Sociology at Emory University. He has published numerous papers on global change, fundamentalism, secularization, and sociological theory. He is co-editor, with L. van Vucht-Tijssen and J. Berting, of The Search for Fundamentals (1995). John Boli is Professor of Sociology at Emory University. He has published extensively on global culture and organizations, education, citizenship, and state power and authority. His books include New Citizens for a New Society (1989) and Constructing World Culture (with George M. Thomas, 1999). They are the co-editors of The Globalization Reader (2nd edition, Blackwell, 2003).


"Lechner and Boli's scholarship is extensive, theoretical, abstract and synthetic ... The authors engage in conceptual and theoretical refinement and synthesis of existing scholarship and extend that intellectual frontier with their own substantial contributions. Lechner and Boli ... deserve special commendation for the rich and illuminating historical context and examples." Choice "Lechner and Boli have done their homework and the compendium they offer is valuable in itself." The International History Review "This volume provides a fascinating, and immensely broad-ranging, call to understand the complex inter-relationships between geopolitical forces and those resilient urban lives. Whilst as a source of multiple departures it should be of interest to an equally broad ranging audience, for those particularly curious about the often-neglected ways in which extreme ideologies seek to construct and reconstruct understandings of cities there is much to consider." Andrew Inch, Oxford Brookes University
EAN: 9780631226765
ISBN: 0631226761
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 2005
Seitenanzahl: 267 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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