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Dignity and Defiance: Stories from Bolivia's Challenge to Globalization, Jim Schultz, Melissa Crane Draper , Berkeley and Los Angeles, (2008) Abstract
First Stop in the New World: Mexico City, the Capital of the 21st Century, David Lida , (2008) Abstract
Futurecast: How Superpowers, Populations, and Globalization Will Change the Way You Live and Work, Robert J. Shapiro , (2008)

In a globalizing world, the United States holds a unique — and historically unprecedented — role in international affairs. As Robert J. Shapiro asserts in his book, "Futurecast," America's geopolitical power is reinforced by a combination of economic, geographic and cultural advantages — not to mention military dominance.

Networking futures: The movements against corporate globalization, Juris, Jeffrey S. , Durham, NC, (2008)

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The book provides an ethnographic account of the cultural practice and politics of transnational networking among anti-corporate globalization activists based in Barcelona with a particular focus on the links between digital technologies, new forms of organization, and emerging political imaginaries. It also explores network organizing, performative protest, and violence during mass direct actions.

Struggles for an alternative globalization: an ethnography of counterpower in southern France, Williams, Gwyn , Hampshire, UK, (2008)

Through an anthropological study of a highly influential movement of French 'alterglobalization' activists, this book offers an ethnographic window onto the global movement against corporate capitalism and the neoliberal policies of the WTO. Based on extensive fieldwork on the Larzac plateau in rural southern France, it explores the politics of protest in which activists engage, examining their resistance to various forms of power, their organization of struggle, their attempts to live out their ideals in daily life, and their challenges to conventional understandings of politics, democracy, economics, morality and globalization. Subjecting power and resistance to ethnographic study rather than adopting them as abstract categories of analysis, this volume makes an important contribution to theoretical debates on globalization, domination and resistance.

Tracking Globalization: Commodities and Value in Motion, Robert J. Foster , The Sage Handbook of Material Culture, London, p.285-302, (2008)
The WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources, Wayne A.Selcher (Elizabethtown College) , (2008) Abstract
Youth and the City in the Global South, Hansen, Karen Tranberg , Bloomington, IN, (2008)

The innovative, multi-site Youth and the City Project examined the effects of globalization and neoliberalism on the everyday experiences and future prospects of urban youth in the developing world. The economic and demographic trends that are transforming cities and widening the gap between North and South are also making it increasingly difficult, if not impossible, for young people to establish themselves as independent, self-sufficient adults in many parts of the world. Based on ethnographic fieldwork in Brazil, Vietnam, and Zambia, this volume integrates youth studies with urban studies, and argues that youth is an experience in its own right, not merely a transition from childhood to adulthood. In-depth case studies in three cities—Recife, Hanoi, and Lusaka—offer compelling insights into the situation of urban youth, exploring how they use their city, spend their time, and prepare themselves for the future.

Cross-cutting essays examine how education shapes future citizens, young people's use of urban domestic space, and the media's role in expanding the life worlds of youth.

Youth Cosmopolitanism: Clothing, the City and Globalization in Dakar, Senegal, Scheld, Suzanne , City & Society, Volume 19, Issue 2, p.232-253, (2008) Abstract
Cross Currents: Regionalism and Nationalism in Northeast Asia, Shin, Gi-Wook , 2007///, Issue Shorenstei, (2007)

Northeast Asia stands at a turning point in its history. The key economies of China, Japan, and South Korea are growing increasingly interdependent, and the movement toward regionalism is gaining momentum. Yet interdependency, often set in a global context, also spurs nationalism in all three countries, and beyond in East Asia. The essays in this volume assess current interactions -- or cross currents -- between national and regional forces in Northeast Asia, and suggest their future direction.

Civil Society and the Internet in Japan, Ducke, Isa , 2007///, Issue London, London, p.194, (2007)

Using case studies, interviews, and empirical sources, this book analyzes the strategies and impact of Internet use by civil society actors and asks how useful it is for their work – does the availability of Internet tools change the way citizens’ groups work, does it influence their effectiveness, and does it do so differently in Japan from other countries?

Four fascinating studies take a closer look at the role of the Internet during the history textbook controversy; strategies of small citizen's groups; comparisons between internet use in Japan, Korea and Germany; and how the internet is used as a platform to discuss the dispatch of Japanese troops in Iraq.

Isa Ducke has produced an original work that will be of interest to students and scholars of Japanese politics, media and information technology and civil society.

Chinese Modernity and Global Biopolitics: Studies in Literature and Visual Culture, Lu, Sheldon H , 2007///, Issue Honolulu, Honolulu, p.264, (2007)


Sheldon Lu draws on Chinese literature, film, art, photography, and video to broadly map the emergence of modern China in relation to the capitalist world-system in the economic, social, and political realms. Central to his study is the investigation of biopower and body politics, namely, the experience of globalization on a personal level.
Lu first outlines the trajectory of the body in modern Chinese literature by focusing on the adventures, pleasures, and sufferings of the male (and female) body in the writings of selected authors. He then turns to avant-garde and performance art, tackling the physical self more directly through a consideration of work that takes the body as its very theme, material, and medium. In an exploration of mass visual culture, Lu analyzes artistic reactions to the multiple, uneven effects of globalization and modernization on both the physical landscape of China and the interior psyche of its citizens. This is followed by an investigation of contemporary Chinese urban space in popular cinema and experimental photography and art. Examples are offered that capture the daily lives of contemporary Chinese as they struggle to make the transition from the vanishing space of the socialist lifestyle to the new capitalist economy of commodities. Lu reexamines the history and implications of China's belated integration into the capitalist world system before closing with a postscript that traces the genealogy of the term "postsocialism" and points to the real relevance of the idea for the examination of everyday life in China in the twenty-first century.

East Asia and the Global Economy: Japan's Ascent, with Implications for China's Future, Bunker, Stephen G , 2007///, Issue Baltimore, Baltimore, p.250, (2007)

After World War II, Japan reinvented itself as a shipbuilding powerhouse and began its rapid ascent in the global economy. Its expansion strategy integrated raw material procurement, the redesign of global transportation infrastructure, and domestic industrialization. In this authoritative and engaging study, Stephen G. Bunker and Paul S. Ciccantell identify the key factors in Japan's economic growth and the effects this growth had on the reorganization of significant sectors of the global economy.

Bunker and Ciccantell discuss what drove Japan's economic expansion, how Japan globalized the work economy to support it, and why this spectacular growth came to a dramatic halt in the 1990s. Drawing on studies of ore mining, steel making, corporate sector reorganization, and port/rail development, they provide valuable insight into technical processes as well as specific patterns of corporate investment.

East Asia and the Global Economy introduces a theory of "new historical materialism" that explains the success of Japan and other world industrial powers. Here, the authors assert that the pattern of Japan's ascent is essential for understanding China's recent path of economic growth and dominance and anticipating what the future may hold.

Elections As Popular Culture in Asia, Chua, Beng Huat , 2007///, Issue London, London, p.197, (2007)

Conventional political science depicts legitimate elections as rational affairs in which informed voters select candidates for office according to how their coherently presented aims, ideologies and policies appeal to the self-interest of the electorate. In reality elections, whether in first world democracies, or in the various governmental systems present in Asia, can more realistically be seen as cultural events in which candidates’ campaigns are shaped, consciously or unconsciously, to appeal to the cultural understanding and practices of the electorate.

The election campaign period is one in which the masses are mobilized to participate in a range of cultural activities, from flying the party colours in noisy motorcycle parades to attending political rallies for or against, or simply to be entertained by the performances on the political stage, and to gambling on the outcome of the contest. The essays in this book analyse electioneering activities in nine Asian countries in terms of popular cultural practices in each location, ranging from updated traditional cultures to mimicry and caricatures of present day television dramas.

Environment, Development and Change in Rural Asia-Pacific: Between Local and Global, Connell, John; Waddell, Eric , 2007///, Issue London, London, p.249, (2007)

This volume examines the economic, political, social and environmental challenges facing rural communities in the Asia-Pacific region, as global issues intersect with local contexts. Such challenges, from climatic change and volcanic eruption to population growth and violent civil unrest, have stimulated local resilience amongst communities and led to evolving regional institutions and environment management practices, changing social relationships and producing new forms of stratification.

Bringing together case studies from across mainland Southeast Asia and the Island Pacific, an expert team of international contributors reveal how communities at the periphery take charge of their lives, champion the virtues of their own local systems of production and consumption, and engage in the complexities of new structures of development that demand a response to the vacillations of global politics, economy and society. Inherent in this is the recognition that 'development' as we have come to know it is far from over. Each chapter emphasizes the growing recognition that ecological and environmental issues are key to any understanding and analysis of structures of sustainable development.

Providing diverse multidisciplinary theoretical and empirical perspectives, Environment, Development and Change in Rural Asia-Pacific makes an important contribution to the revitalization of development studies and as such will be essential reading for scholars in the field, as well as those with an interest in Asia-Pacific studies, economic geography and political economy.

Global Challenges and Local Responses: The East Asian Experience, Shin, Jang-Sup , 2007///, Issue London, London, p.214, (2007)

East Asia has in many ways been the cockpit of the globalization process. If the phenomenon as it is generally defined is largely recognized as a relatively recent one, the countries that have experienced most change during this period have been in the region.

Rapid economic growth leading to the Tigers label was followed by financial crisis and partial recovery. Underlying this has been the remarkable success story of Japan since the Second World War, followed by the current, seemingly inexorable progress of China towards centrality on the world stage.

Jang-Sup Shin has amassed an international team of contributors to shed light on how the various Asian countries have responded to the globalization process. These include James Crotty, Lu Ding and Ha-Joon Chang.

Industrial Agglomeration and New Technologies: A Global Perspective, Tsuji, Masatsug; Giovannetti, Emanuel; Kagami, Mitsuhir , 2007///, Issue Cheltenham, Cheltenham, UK, p.383, (2007)

This book is a collaborative effort by researchers from Japan, Italy, and the US which seeks to explore the question of why firms congregate in certain regions. The studies in the book present real examples of industrial clusters, adding anecdotal evidence to the emerging theory of economic geography by illustrating the centripetal and centrifugal forces that regulate the clustering process. The authors examine clusters in a diverse set of countries including China, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, the USA and Vietnam.

Japanese Hybrid Factories: A Comparison of Global Production Strategies, Japanese Multinational Enterprise Study Group , 2007///, Issue Basingstok, New York, p.280, (2007)

This book presents the findings of the Japanese Multinational Enterprise Study Group concerning the worldwide transfer of Japanese Management and Production systems. Over a twenty year period, research has concentrated on the conditions surrounding technology transfer from Japanese automobile and electronics companies to their subsidiaries and affiliated plants in North and South America, East Asia, Europe, China, and Central and Eastern Europe. The book presents the "hybrid evaluation method" as a means of measuring the degree of application and adaptation of the Japanese parent systems at the local subsidiary plants. The book proposes that this evaluation method is an international model for the assessment of the transferability of the management and production system of any multinational enterprise.

Mobile Sociality and Spatial Practice: A Qualitative Fieldstudy of New Social Networking Technologies, Humphreys, Lee , Communication, 2007///, Philadelphia, p.298 - 298, (2007) Abstract

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New Television, Globalisation, and the East Asian Cultural Imagination, Keane, Michael , 2007///, Issue Hong Kong, p.220, (2007)

Challenging assumptions that have underpinned critiques of globalization and combining cultural theory with media industry analysis, Keane, Fung and Moran give a groundbreaking account of the evolution of television in the post-broadcasting era, and how programming ideas are creatively redeveloped and franchised in East Asia. In this first comprehensive study of television program adaptation across cultures, the authors argue that adaptation, transfer, and recycling of content are multiplying to the point of marginalising other economic and cultural practices. This is happening in television, but also in many other media and related areas of cultural production. Looking at China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, this study details practices that are variously referred to as formatting, franchising, imitation, adaptation, hybridity, bricolage, and even emulation. The authors show that significant re-modelling of local TV production practices occur when adaptation is genuinely responsive to local values. Examples of East Asian format adaptations include Survivor, Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, The Weakest Link, Coronation Street, and Idol. The book offers alternatives models of media flow that demonstrate how Hollywood is losing its global grip. It deals with the history of the TV format trade, a movement that has coincided with the rise of alternative centres of television production and distribution outside the US.

Regionalism & Globalization in East Asia: Politics, Security & Economic Development, Beeson, Mark , 2007///, New York, (2007)

This book examines the distinctive character and evolution of political systems, economic structures, and security relationships of East Asia, a dynamic region that will profoundly influence global developments in the twenty-first century. Mark Beeson places East Asian development in the unique historical circumstances that have underpinned its remarkable rise to prominence over the last few decades. This multi-dimensional analysis provides the basis for an assessment of current efforts to develop a unified East Asian region.

Tourism, Consumption and Representation: Narratives of Place and Self, Meethan, Kevin; Anderson, Alison; Miles, Steven , 2007///, p.256, (2007)

This book addresses the practices of consumption in tourism, a major theme in the sociology of tourism. To date, most tourism analysis has tended to concentrate on the production of tourist space, and assume that tourism consumption simply mirrors the intentions of the producers. By focussing on a number of relevant sub-themes, such as age, gender, religion and sexual orientation, the chapters within this book critically examine such assumptions in terms of the interplay between the production and consumption of tourist spaces, and how patterns of tourism consumption are negotiated on an individual level.

Assembling Women: The Feminization of Global Manufacturing, Caraway, Teri L. , Ithaca, (2007)

Despite the massive influx of women into the labor force as a result of globalization, the gender inqualities at work have remained largely unchanged. This book addresses two related questions: What has prompted the feminization of manufacturing work in developing countries, and why has it failed to significantly erode gender inequalities at work? Teri L. Caraway offers case studies and in-depth analysis of employment changes in Indonesia combined with cross-national data to show that the feminization of the workplace produced by industrialization policies has reconfigured and reproduced, rather than overturned, gender divisions of labor at work.

Caraway challenges the conventional wisdom that export-oriented industrialization and women's cheap labor are the driving forces behind feminization. Instead, she argues, the answers can be found in weak unions and current social practice. Caraway employs information about a wide range of industries--capital-intensive, male-dominated, non-export firms as well as female-dominated, labor-intensive, export-oriented industries--in arriving at her conclusions. Her findings will prove discouraging to anyone who hopes that globalization has become a positive force in improving the lives of women workers.

Caraway's multilevel methodology for analyzing changes in gendered patterns of employment and her introduction of "gendered discourses of work" as a major explanatory variable will make Assembling Women a valuable resource for women's studies scholars, development economists, political scientists, and sociologists as well as all with an interest in Southeast Asian Studies and labor and industrial relations.

Biliteracy, transnationalism, multimodality, and identity: Trajectories across time and space, Hornberger, Nancy H. , Linguistics in Education, Volume 8, Issue 3-4, p.325-334, (2007) Abstract

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Billiard balls or snowflakes?: Major power prestige and the international diffusion of institutions and practices, Fordham, Benjamin O.; Asal, Victor , International Studies Quarterly, Volume 51, Issue 1, p.31 - 52, (2007) Abstract