Distant Proximities

Dynamics beyond Globalization

The recently bygone bipolar world of the Cold War looks simple in comparison to the complexities of today's globalizing era. Professor James Rosenau, in this wide-ranging masterwork of conceptual synthesis, develops a new vocabulary--distant proximities, fragmegration, glocalization--to help us explore the contradictory impact on our times of worldwide economic and electronic integration; religious, ethnic, and tribal hatreds; information overload; and terrorism. Les mer
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The recently bygone bipolar world of the Cold War looks simple in comparison to the complexities of today's globalizing era. Professor James Rosenau, in this wide-ranging masterwork of conceptual synthesis, develops a new vocabulary--distant proximities, fragmegration, glocalization--to help us explore the contradictory impact on our times of worldwide economic and electronic integration; religious, ethnic, and tribal hatreds; information overload; and terrorism. Individuals, communities, nation-states, and international structures are all struggling to accommodate the dynamics of today's unprecedented social and economic change. Rosenau's powerful yet nuanced analysis encompasses the agenda of our times--income disparities, human rights violations, corruption, high tech violence--and he leaves us pondering whether global and community governance will be able to cope with the challenges of a fragmegrative world. -- Richard H. Solomon, President, U.S. Institute of Peace For some years now, James N. Rosenau has been writing imaginatively about the systemic role of empowered individuals on the world stage, utilizing as his organizing principle possible complementarities in opposing tendencies--as in the title of this latest book. But never before has his work seemed so relevant to this morning's headline while probing so deeply into the very foundations of social space/time. And behind it all stands an enduring commitment to open-minded inquiry: 'checkableupableness,' Rosenau calls it. In a discipline consumed by Methodenstreite, here is an important book that at once soars above, and uncovers powerful fields of forces beneath, the standard fare. -- John Gerard Ruggie, Harvard University Like so much of Rosenau's work, Distant Proximities is enormously thoughtful and insightful. It pushes the way we think about global politics dramatically beyond the traditional or eurocentric model of states in a state system and, though highly abstract, actually deals with issues that matter to most people in today's globalizing world. It is classically Rosenau. -- Richard W. Mansbach, Iowa State University, author of "Politics, Authority, Identity, and Change" This book contains all of Rosenau's strengths. It is imaginative--replete with novel insights, concepts, and ideas. It looks to the future rather than to the past. It is based on a very broad literature that goes far beyond normal disciplinary confines. Rosenau always searches for the new and interesting, and for those anomalies that set the mind to look for explanations. He takes his own advice to attempt 'theoretical jailbreaks,' and to dare to tread where others are more timid. The book is very well written, and its author is to be applauded for getting his readers to 'think outside the box.' -- Kal Holsti, University of British Columbia, author of "The State, War, and the State of War"

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List of Figures and Tables ix Preface xi Acknowledgments xv Part One Theoretical Perspectives: Recasting Global Life 1 Chapter One An Emergent Epoch 3 Chapter Two People, Collectivities, and Change 18 Chapter Three Sources and Consequences of Fragmegration 50 Chapter Four Local Worlds 79 Chapter Five Global Worlds 118 Chapter Six Private Worlds 153 Chapter Seven Movement among Twelve Worlds 170 Chapter Eight Emergent Spaces, New Places, and Old Faces: Immigrants and the Proliferation of Identities 184 Part Two Conceptual Equipment: Retooling the Storehouse 203 Chapter Nine Normative and Complexity Approaches 205 Chapter Ten The Skill Revolution 232 Chapter Eleven The Information Revolution: Both Powerful and Neutral 256 Chapter Twelve Structures of Authority: In Crisis or in Place? 273 Chapter Thirteen Spheres of Authority 293 Part Three Issues, Processes, and Structures as Distant Proximities 315 Chapter Fourteen Progress toward Human Rights 317 Chapter Fifteen Retreat from Human Rights: The Challenge of Systemic Hatred 336 Chapter Sixteen Corruption as a Global Issue 348 Chapter Seventeen Prosperity and Poverty 369 Chapter Eighteen Governance in Fragmegrative Space 390 Part Four Postscript 403 Chapter Nineteen A Transformed Observer in a Transforming World: Confessions of a Pre-Postmodernist 405 Author Index 421 Subject Index 427

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James N. Rosenau is University Professor of International Affairs at The George Washington University. His numerous books include "Turbulence in World Politics" (Princeton) and "Along the Domestic-Foreign Frontier".