Stephen Long, William Cavanaugh, and John Milbank. The emerging anti-globalization-from-above movements are contextualizing these problems in the framework of a restructuring of capitalism on a worldwide basis for maximum profit with zero accountability and have made clear the need for democratization, regulation, rules, and globalization in the interests of people and not profit. Some will end up in a permanent hell. We are all indebted to Bell for providing us with this map showing us the way from our imprisonment in capitalist desire to the abundant life made possible by Jesus. Indeed, globalization is one of the most hotly debated issues of the present era. Consumer culture, then is difficult to relinquish or scale down as it has becomes both a major source of industrial production and employment.
First, one must realize that many people reject the gospel of Jesus Christ not because they have been presented with a defective version of it, but because they do not want to bow their knee to God. Within the Western democracies, for instance, there is not just top-down homogenization and corporate domination, but also globalization-from-below and oppositional social movements that desire alternatives to capitalist globalization. I argue in the affirmative, claiming that discourses of the post dramatize what is new, original, and different in our current situation, but that such discourse can be and is easily misused. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Its critics see globalization as harmful, bringing about increased domination and control by the wealthier overdeveloped nations over the poor underdeveloped countries, thus increasing the hegemony of the haves over the have nots.
Some theorists see the emergence of a new transnational ruling elite and the universalization of consumerism Sklair 2001 , while others stress global fragmentation of the clash of civilizations Huntington 1996. Does it offer nothing to the men, women and children who are ravaged by the violence of poverty? It deserves to be widely read and used at all levels in the university and church. As a December 1 abcnews. He was awarded a in theology from. Moreover, proliferating media and the Internet make possible a greater circulation of struggles and the possibilities of new alliances and solidarities that can connect resistant forces who oppose capitalist and corporate-state elite forms of globalization-from-above Dyer-Witheford 1999. Gottdiener, Mark 1995 Postmodern Semiotics.
Robins, Kevin and Frank Webster 1999 Times of the Technoculture. The Internet opens more information and knowledge to more people than any previous institution in history, although it has its problems and limitations. Especially those on the editorial board: Vikki Bell, Ryan Bishop, Josef Bleicher, Roy Boyne, Norman Denzin, Nicholas Gane, Mike Hepworth, Scott Lash, John Phillips, Roland Robertson, Rob Shields, Bryan S. In this volume, internationally acclaimed theologian examines the political side of postmodernism in order to discern the contemporary context of the church and describe the characteristics of a faithful, political discipleship. This book will work well for courses in theology and ethics, philosophical theology, discipleship, and Christianity and culture. I would also like to acknowledge the encouragement and help of Stephen Barr, Zygmunt Bauman, Steve Best, Josef Bleicher, Roy Boyne, David Chaney Norman Denzin, the late Norbert Elias, Jonathan Friedman, the late Hans Haferkamp, Doug Kellner, Richard Kilminster, Arthur Kroker, Scott Lash, Hans Mommaas, Stephen Mennell, Carlo Mongardini, Georg Stauth, the late Friedrich Tenbruck, Willem van Reijen, Andy Wernick, Cas Wouters and the late Derek Wynne, with whom I've discussed many of the issues raised in this volume. Slouka, Mark 1995 War of the Worlds.
Internet discussion lists also disperse these views and rightwing extremists are aggressively active on many computer forums, as well as radio programs and stations, public access television programs, fax campaigns, video and even rock music productions. Building on the heritage of classical social theory, the book series examines ways in which this tradition has been reshaped by a new generation of theorists. A negative version of technological determinism, by contrast, portrays the new world system as constituted by a monolithic or homogenizing technological system of domination. For some the term needed to be treated with suspicion as it was linked to mass society theory. A central intention then in this volume is to understand how postmodernism has arisen and become such a powerful and influential cultural image.
The work of Fredric Jameson 1979, 1984a, 1984b was particularly influential here. A revolution is needed, and it has to begin with a right disciplining of desire. Yet by the 1990s consumer culture ceased to be viewed negatively by many people in sociology and cultural studies. What I also like about this book is that it points us to the biblical narrative which calls us into building authentic relationships of mutuality with the people around us which will limit capitalism in a healthy way while allowing it to serve as a tool to help us collectively better our lives. Zuboff, Shoshana 1988 In the Age of the Smart Machine: The Future of Work and Power. The Seattle demonstrations were followed by April 2000 struggles in Washington, D.
The role of new technologies in social movements, political struggle, and everyday life forces social movements to reconsider their political strategies and goals and democratic theory to appraise how new technologies do and do not promote democratization Kellner 1997 and 1999b. Overview The seven-volume Church and Postmodern Culture Series features high-profile theorists in continental philosophy and contemporary theology writing for a broad, nonspecialist audience interested in the impact of postmodern theory on the faith and practice of the church. Such theoretical questions about the relationship of culture to society, which imply that we have too long operated with an overtly social conception of social structures and suggest that our general conception of culture is in need of major revision. Globalization is thus necessarily complex and challenging to both critical theories and radical democratic politics. It is now obvious that the knowledge and information sectors are increasingly important domains of our contemporary moment and that therefore the theories of Daniel Bell and other postindustrial theorists are not as ideological and far off the mark as many of his critics on the left once argued. In addition, they highlight some of the contradictions of globalization and the need to develop a highly complex and dialectical model to capture its conflicts, ambiguities, and contradictory effects.
Moreover, advocates of a postmodern break in history argue that developments in transnational capitalism are producing a new global historical configuration of post-Fordism, or postmodernism as an emergent cultural logic of capitalism Harvey 1989; Soja 1989; Jameson 1991; and Gottdiener 1995. While the term can both describe and legitimate capitalist transnationalism and supranational government institutions, a critical theory of globalization does not buy into ideological valorizations and affirms difference, resistance, and democratic self-determination against forms of global domination and subordination. The contrast that Bell develops between 'capitalist theology' and Christian theology is worth the price of the book alone, and all future works on theology and economics will have to pay serious attention to this comparison, as well as to his call to make desire central to a theological analysis of capitalism. Cambridge and Palo Alto: Polity Press and Stanford University Press. Increasingly, there is an educated interest in religion, but there is also a need to be well-informed about postmodern thought and its very complex relation both to postmodern culture to which it is often actually hostile and to religion. Unlike theories of postmodernity i. Theorizing Globalization Douglas Kellner Globalization appears to be the buzzword of the 1990s, the primary attractor of books, articles, and heated debate, just as postmodernism was the most fashionable and debated topic of the 1980s.