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Negotiations of the »New World«

The Omnipresence of »Global« as a Political Phenomenon

Sabine Selchow

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Sabine Selchow, Negotiations of the »New World« (2017), transcript Verlag, Bielefeld, ISBN: 9783839428962

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Description / Abstract

»Global« is everywhere - recent years have seen a significant proliferation of the adjective »global« across discourses. But what do social actors actually do when using this term?
Written from within the political studies and International Relations disciplines, and with a particular interest in the US, this book demonstrates that the widespread use of »global« is more than a linguistic curiosity. It constitutes a distinct political phenomenon of major importance: the negotiation and reproduction of the »new world«. As such, the analysis of the use of »global« provides fascinating insights into an influential and politically loaded aspect of contemporary imaginations of the world.


Sabine Selchow (Dr.) is Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).


Besprochen in:
Portal für Politikwissenschaft, 08.05.2017, Matthias Lemke
C3 - Bibliothek für Entwicklungspolitik, 5 (2017)


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Table of content

  • Cover
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • 1 Introduction: ‘It’s Difficult’
  • My Argument
  • The Nature of my Project
  • Overview of Chapters
  • 2 The Contemporary Adjective Global I: Popular & Free, and Disputedly Undisputed
  • Popular & Free
  • Disputedly Undisputed
  • Conclusion
  • 3 The Contemporary Adjective Global II:
  • Enmeshed with the ‘Globalisation’-Discourse
  • Global as a Tool to Establish the Signified of Globalisation
  • Global as an ‘Outcome of Globalisation’
  • Conclusion
  • 4 The ‘Globalisation’-Discourse and the ‘New World’
  • Clarification of the Word Discourse
  • A Brief History of the ‘Globalisation’-Discourse
  • Four Facets of the ‘Globalisation’-Discourse
  • Fifth: The ‘Globalisation’-Discourse and the Idea ‘New World’
  • Conclusion
  • 5 The Proclamation of the ‘New World’
  • Proclamations of the ‘New World’
  • The Proclamation of the ‘New World’ as a Manifestation of the Awareness of the Reflexive ‘Backfiring’ of Modernisation
  • Conclusion
  • 6 The Omnipresence of Global as a Political Phenomenon and ‘Unconventional’ Object of Study
  • Synthesis: The Omnipresence of the Contemporary Global as a Phenomenon that brings out the ‘New World’
  • The Symbolic Production of Social Reality, and the ‘New World’ as a Distinct Mode of the Present
  • Approaching the Omnipresence of Global as an ‘Unconventional’ Object of Study
  • Conclusion
  • 7 For Example: The Web of Meanings ‘New World’ in US President Obama’s Public Papers 2013
  • Corpus and Research Strategy
  • The Web of Meanings ‘New World’ in Obama’s 2013 Public Papers: Modern and ‘Hyper Cosmopolitised’
  • Conclusion and Outlook
  • 8 Conclusion
  • 9 References
  • Tables and figures

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