The Politics of Survival

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The Politics of Survival
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Bog, hardback
Udgivelsesdato:
01-01-2010
Sprog:
Engelsk
Sidetal:
230
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In this provocative analysis of global politics, the anthropologist Marc Abeles argues that the meaning and aims of political action have radically changed in the era of globalization. As dangers such as terrorism and global warming have moved to the fore of global consciousness, foreboding has replaced the belief that tomorrow will be better than today. Survival, outlasting the uncertainties and threats of a precarious future, has supplanted harmonious coexistence as the primary goal of politics. Abeles contends that this political reorientation has changed our priorities and modes of political action, and generated new debates and initiatives. The proliferation of supranational and transnational organizations--from the European Union to the World Trade Organization (WTO) to Oxfam--is the visible effect of this radical transformation in our relationship to the political realm. Areas of governance as diverse as the economy, the environment, and human rights have been partially taken over by such agencies. Non-governmental organizations in particular have become linked with the mindset of risk and uncertainty; they both reflect and help produce the politics of survival.

Abeles examines the new global politics, which assumes many forms and is enacted by diverse figures with varied sympathies: the officials at meetings of the WTO and the demonstrators outside them, celebrity activists, and online contributors to international charities. He makes an impassioned case that our accounts of globalization need to reckon with the preoccupations and affiliations now driving global politics. The Politics of Survival was first published in France in 2006. This English-language edition has been revised and includes a new preface.

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Udgivelsesdato:
01-01-2010
ISBN13:
9780822345893
Vægt:
362 g
Dybde:
20 mm
Bredde:
137 mm
Højde:
203 mm
Format:
Hardback
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    "Marc Abeles is one of the foremost anthropological specialists on the study of contemporary politics, and "The Politics of Survival" is a brilliant book. Abeles's distinctly European take on issues of globalization will be extraordinarily valuable for a U.S. readership."--George Marcus, coauthor of "Designs for an Anthropology of the Future"

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