Contemporary civilisational analysis has emerged in the post-Cold War period as a forming but already controversial field of scholarship. This book focuses on the scholarship produced in this field since the 1970s. It begins with anthropological axioms posited by Ibn Khaldun, Simon Bolivar and George Pachymeres. Three conceptual images of civilisations are prominent in the field. First, civilisations are conceived as socio-cultural units, entities or blocs in an 'integrationist' image. They emerge out of long-term uneven historical processes. Finally, in a 'relational' image civilisations are believed to gain definition and institute developmental patterns through inter-societal and inter-cultural encounters. The book traces the history of semantic developments of the notions of 'civilisation' and 'civilisations' coextensive with the expansion of Europe's empires and consubstantial with colonialism. Early modernities are more important in the long formation of capitalism. Outlining the conceptual framework of inter-civilisational engagement, the book analytically plots the ties instituted by human imaginaries across four dimensions of inter-civilisational engagement. It also interrogates the relationship between oceans, seas and civilisations. Oceanian civilisation exhibits patterns of deep engagement and connection. Though damaged, Pacific cultures have invoked their own counter-imaginary in closer proximity to past islander experiences. Collective memory provides resources for coping with critical issues. The book also explores Latin American and Japanese experiences that shed light on the engagement of civilisations, applying the model of inter-civilisational engagement to modern perspectives in culture and the arts, politics, theology and political economy.
capitalism, then we need to examine
the phenomenon of ‘Ireland’ through the analytical framework of cultural
politicaleconomy. This should throw light on globalisation tendencies
and counter-tendencies from a specific location and, likewise, show how
culture implicates itself daily in the cultural political processes that have
The most common reading of Ireland and its current state of development is as a country that has done well in the era of globalisation, much
as it had earlier done very badly in the era of imperialism. Has there
really been such
Andrew McMeekin, Ken Green, Mark Tomlinson, and Vivien Walsh
argues for the need to build an economic
sociology/politicaleconomy of demand that goes from micro-individual
through to macro-structural features. To achieve this, an ‘instituted economic
process’ approach to the study of demand and innovation is developed to
account for processes of institutionalisation and deinstitutionalisation. Within
this framework, the concept of a ‘production–distribution–retail–consumption’ configuration is seen as shaping innovation. The empirical investigations
of this chapter involve analysis of how retail markets link demand with supply
Community, language and culture under the Celtic Tiger
who speak them.12
There was more than profit at stake, however. In Negri’s terms,13 ‘to say
state is only another way to say capital’ – as capitalism develops, the
state acts more and more as both the embodiment and representative of
capital. The Telecom campaign involved more than an attempt to boost
share prices: it also represented the state’s attempt to relegitimise itself,
in its new ‘Celtic Tiger’ form, as a ‘shareholder democracy’.
The Irish language and politicaleconomy
By the nineteenth century, Irish was well on its way to becoming a minority
This chapter argues for the need to build an economic sociology/political economy of demand that goes from micro-individual through to macro-structural features. It develops an ‘instituted economic process’ approach to the study of demand and innovation to account for processes of institutionalisation and deinstitutionalisation. Within this framework, the concept of a ‘production—distribution—retail—consumption’ configuration is seen as shaping innovation. The empirical investigations of this chapter involve analysis of how retail markets link demand with supply, and how that link is a structured one: the interface facing both ways. The chapter explores three empirical cases. The first involves the near disappearance of wholesale markets for fresh fruit and vegetables to retail markets, and the particular questions raised in terms of range and quality of products that flow through them. The second deals with an equally significant reconfiguration of the retail—distribution—production configuration reflected in the emergence of supermarket own-label products. The third raises the question of how the organisation of retail markets, and their transformation, alters the way demand is instituted between end consumers and retailers.
Bordering intimacy is a study of how borders and dominant forms of intimacy, such as family, are central to the governance of postcolonial states such as Britain. The book explores the connected history between contemporary border regimes and the policing of family with the role of borders under European and British empires. Building upon postcolonial, decolonial and black feminist theory, the investigation centres on how colonial bordering is remade in contemporary Britain through appeals to protect, sustain and make family life. Not only was family central to the making of colonial racism but claims to family continue to remake, shore up but also hide the organisation of racialised violence in liberal states. Drawing on historical investigations, the book investigates the continuity of colonial rule in numerous areas of contemporary government – family visa regimes, the policing of sham marriages, counterterror strategies, deprivation of citizenship, policing tactics, integration policy. In doing this, the book re-theorises how we think of the connection between liberal government, race, family, borders and empire. In using Britain as a case, this opens up further insights into the international/global circulations of liberal empire and its relationship to violence.
broader history of economic thought. When that has been done,
it will become clear that the picture is much more interesting.
The economics of consumption
We start in this section with some of the pioneers of politicaleconomy, from
Smith (1776) – the ‘giants’ of our subject.5 Although Smith is widely thought
of as one of the founder of free-market economics, his consumers are capable
of greater flamboyance than the consumer of the last section. Indeed, Smith
was well aware of some of the interdependences in demand, in a passage
anticipating Veblen’s (1899
Given the significant similarities and differences between the welfare states of Northern Europe and their reactions to the perceived 'refugee crisis' of 2015, the book focuses primarily on the three main cases of Denmark, Sweden and Germany. Placed in a wider Northern European context – and illustrated by those chapters that also discuss refugee experiences in Norway and the UK – the Danish, Swedish and German cases are the largest case studies of this edited volume. Thus, the book contributes to debates on the governance of non-citizens and the meaning of displacement, mobility and seeking asylum by providing interdisciplinary analyses of a largely overlooked region of the world, with two specific aims. First, we scrutinize the construction of the 2015 crisis as a response to the large influx of refugees, paying particular attention to the disciplinary discourses and bureaucratic structures that are associated with it. Second, we investigate refugees’ encounters with these bureaucratic structures and consider how these encounters shape hopes for building a new life after displacement. This allows us to show that the mobility of specific segments of the world’s population continues to be seen as a threat and a risk that has to be governed and controlled. Focusing on the Northern European context, our volume interrogates emerging policies and discourses as well as the lived experiences of bureaucratization from the perspective of individuals who find themselves the very objects of bureaucracies.
world societies and indigenous civilisations
sum up the landscape of contemporary civilisational analysis at the time of writing. Where civilisational analysis has stretched its latitude to examine African,
new world and indigenous civilisations, only limited progress has been made.
This chapter begins to address these lacunae with modest moves to apply the
model of inter-civilisational engagement outlined in Chapters 4 and 5 to modern
perspectives in culture and the arts, politics, theology and politicaleconomy
produced in Latin
and Quack, 2003). When applied to labour market organisation,
this stresses the idea that labour supply and demand are the result not of the
application of abstract economic norms, but of mutually interlocking spheres of
social structuring of the opportunities and constraints facing work organisation
and workers (see Rubery, 1992).
Essentially, societal institutionalism argues that capitalism is embedded at
a national–societal level in mutually reinforcing and interlocking ‘spheres’ of
politicaleconomy, in ways which create national ‘logics’ of employment relations