Against this background, Dennis Smith says that we should
understand globalization from an altogether new perspective, one
which takes into consideration long-term socio-political
development, the dynamics of liberation, and the consequences of
humiliation. He claims that if globalization does not change
direction, and this hidden agenda is not properly addressed, the
costs in terms of freedom and human rights will be devastating.
Globalization is stirring up a tide of global resentment held back
by fear of American military power. When that power falters, the
revenge of the humiliated world will strike the West. Over time, as
Americas influence wanes, and the global power balance alters, the
crucial struggle will no longer be between the West and terrorism,
but within the West. Democracies could find themselves at war with
Globalization: The Hidden Agenda gets inside the forces driving globalization, analyses the anger and fear, and finds the levers that must be pulled to avoid catastrophe. Smiths compelling and provocative account of the crises facing the contemporary world will appeal to students and scholars alike, as well as the informed general reader.
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"Written with clarity and conviction, Smith?s examination of
globalism draws on sociological, historical, economic and political
sources to trace globalization from the ancient world to the
current day [and] addresses one of the most urgent issues of our
Anthony Elliott, Sociological Review
"This highly accessible, punchy book is well suited to
undergraduate classes and more general reading. Not everyone will
agree with Smith?s account, but they will nonetheless be attracted
to the clarity and vigor with which he portrays the
power?humiliation component of globalization. His arguments will
provoke reflection and recognition, as well as controversy."
Charles Tilly, Columbia University
"In this provocative account of our global times Dennis Smith explains why globalization is a growing source of conflict in the world, producing and reproducing distinctive patterns of humiliation and domination. His analysis challenges much orthodox thinking about the global condition whilst his worrying conclusions demonstrate why we can no longer ignore the 'hidden agenda' of contemporary globalization."
Anthony McGrew, Southampton University
Preface and Acknowledgements.
1. Kay Themes.
2. Codes of Modernity.
3. Modes of Humiliation.
4. Frames of Globalization.
5. The Imperial Impulse.
6. The Logic of the Market.
7. The Cosmopolitan Condition.
11. Decent Democracy or Domineering State?.