Jeremy C.A. Smith
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Counterpoints, critiques, dialogues
in Debating civilisations

The globalisation paradigm has developed coextensively with contemporary civilisational analysis. In this chapter, critical counterpoints from the globalisation paradigm are foregrounded. There are a number of criticisms levelled at the globalisation paradigm. The most far-reaching contributions from sociology and anthropology are sharply critical of the worst neo-liberal 'globalony' about the forces of uniformity operating on the world plane. The suggestion that Marxist histories or sociologies have a place in contemporary civilisational analysis would find few supporters in any quarter. On the civilisational side, proponents contend that Marx's economic determinism and the modernist doctrines that followed it exclude Marx's system of thought from the field. The chapter compares the forming fields of post-colonial sociology and contemporary civilisational analysis to single out incongruities and demarcate points of potential dialogue.

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Debating civilisations

Interrogating civilisational analysis in a global age


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