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  1. Real Leaps in the Times of the Anthropocene.M. Agathangelou Anna - 2016 - ProtoSociology 33:58-92.
    The notions of failure and denial are co-constitutive of both “global” theory and social order. Though these concepts have been used to evoke an array of metaphors and images to under­stand the condition of international relations as a knowledge production site and in rela­tion to other social sciences, they have not been deemed pivotal for much theorizing of world politics’ events, including the “success” of a sovereign state, or the subjects and knowledge production of decolonial realities. The article critically assesses (...)
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  2. Introduction.Barrie Axford - 2016 - ProtoSociology 33:5-15.
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  3. Mastery Without Remainder?Barrie Axford - 2016 - ProtoSociology 33:186-210.
    This article approaches the question of what musters, or should muster, as global theory for these times through the lens of mediatization. Emergent globalities – states of global becoming – are seen as constituted by world-making practices that are obviously, per­haps paradigmatically, referenced in processes of digital communication within and across borders. This is no hymn to “mere connection”, but a sustained attempt to marry process and consciousness with a proper regard for the vagaries of human interaction with the structures (...)
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  4. Autonomy, Self-Determination and Agency in a Global Context.Didem Buhari Gulmez - 2016 - ProtoSociology 33:149-166.
    Offering a transdisciplinary study that benefits from the conceptual and theoretical contri­butions of sociology, political science and international relations, this article focuses on three key notions that shed light on the promise and limitations of the prevailing globalization scholarship. The proposed notions are self-determination, autonomy, and agency, which are often seen as merely antagonistic – if not a ‘prey’ or victim – to globalization. They are wor­thy of attention for their common emphasis that rests on the increasingly blurred boundar­ies underlying (...)
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  5. Globality and the Moral Ecology of the World.Habibul Haque Khondker - 2016 - ProtoSociology 33:41-57.
    The paper argues that the world is facing a condition of moral recession with profound and debilitating consequences in all spheres of life. Highly specialized social sciences are failing to address the issue of the moral conditions in a systematic manner. Differentiation, a master sociological process, has relativized the world to the extent that issues of morality and ethics are assigned to specialists, i.e., theologians and moral philosophers. It is only the extreme cases of inhumanity and moral depravation that bring (...)
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  6. On the Possibility of a Global Political Community.Heikki Patomaki - 2016 - ProtoSociology 33:93-127.
    Is anything like a global political community – and thereby ideals such as global democracy and justice – achievable? This is a key question not only for political theory but also for contemporary political practices. Many political realists believe that humans are essentially tribal beings, or at least will remain so in the foreseeable future. Post-structuralists main­tain that historical identities are based on contrasts and oppositions, on the play of negative differences, which is necessary for language to exist. Thus identities (...)
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  7. Whither Global Theory?Jan Aart Scholte - 2016 - ProtoSociology 33:213-224.
    After several decades of intensive efforts to theorize the global in contemporary society, what are the endeavour’s main accomplishments and future challenges? This article develops five main observations in this regard: that the transdisplinary promise of global theory remains largely elusive; that global thinking might productively give way to transscalar conceptions of social space; that global theory still struggles to move from universalist to transculturalist dispositions; that global theory remains subject to substantial marginal­izing knowledge/power hierarchies; and that global studies can (...)
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  8. Reflections on “Critical Thinking” in Global Studies.Manfred B. Steger - 2016 - ProtoSociology 33:19-40.
    Much of what passes today as “global theory” falls within the new transdisciplinary framework of “global studies”. GS constitutes an academic space of tension that gener­ates critical investigations into our age as one shaped by the intensifying forces of globaliza­tion. Indeed, the young field both embraces and exudes the “global imaginary” – a sense of the social whole that frames our age as one shaped by the forces of globalization. Moreover, few GS scholars would object to the proposition that their (...)
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  9. Geohistory of Globalizations.Peter J. Taylor - 2016 - ProtoSociology 33:131-148.
    The social time and space constructs of Manual Castells, Fernand Brau­del Immanuel Wallerstein and Jane Jacobs are brought together to provide a set of conceptual tools for understanding con­temporary globalization. Three successive globalizations are identified and named for their constellations of power: imperial globalization, American globalization, and corporate glo­balization. These are treated as unique historical products of modern, rampant urbaniza­tions; each globalization is described as an era of great cities with distinctive worldwide networks. Focusing on urban demand, it is suggested (...)
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  10. The Neglect of Beauty.Heather Widdows - 2016 - ProtoSociology 33:167-185.
    This paper explores why some issues count as acceptable topics for global ethics and justice and some do not. It argues that over the last few decades a cannon of global ethics and jus­tice has emerged, and that, like other canons, it is prescriptive and exclusionary. It asks why beauty is excluded from the cannon given there are standard ethical and justice concerns which attach to beauty. The paper considers possible reasons for this exclusion, including that beauty is a concern (...)
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