The Rise of the Global Imaginary: Political Ideologies from the French Revolution to the Global War…

Paperback | August 2, 2009

byManfred B. Steger

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Neoliberalism. Neoconservatism. Postmarxism. Postmodernism. Is there really something genuinely new about today's isms? Have we moved past our traditional ideological landscape? Combining political history, philosophical interpretation, and good old-fashioned story-telling, Manfred Stegertraces ideology's remarkable journey from Count Destutt de Tracy's Enlightenment "science of ideas" to President George W. Bush's "imperial globalism." Rejecting futile attempts to "update" modern political belief systems by adorning them with prefixes, the author offers instead a highly originalexplanation for their novelty-their increasing ability to articulate deep-seated understandings of community in global rather than national terms. This growing awareness of globality fuels the visions of social elites who reside in the privileged spaces of our global cities. It erupts in the hopesand demands of migrants who traverse national boundaries in search of their piece of the global promise. Stoked by cross-cultural encounters, technological change, and scientific innovation, the rising global imaginary has destabilized the grand political ideologies codified during the national age.The national is slowly losing its grip on people's minds, but the global has not yet ascended to the commanding heights once occupied by its predecessor. Still, the first rays of the rising global imaginary have provided enough light to capture the contours of a profoundly altered ideologicallandscape. Pointing in this direction, the book ends with a timely interpretation of the apparent convergence of ideology and religion in the dawning global age-a broad phenomenon that extends beyond the obvious cases of Christian fundamentalism and Islamic jihadism.

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Neoliberalism. Neoconservatism. Postmarxism. Postmodernism. Is there really something genuinely new about today's isms? Have we moved past our traditional ideological landscape? Combining political history, philosophical interpretation, and good old-fashioned story-telling, Manfred Stegertraces ideology's remarkable journey from Count ...

Manfred B. Steger is Professor of Global Studies and Academic Director of the Globalism Institute at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Globalization Research Center at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa. His academic fields of expertise include global studies, political and social the...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:August 2, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface and AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Political Ideologies and Social ImaginariesPart I: The National Imaginary1. Ideology and Revolution: From Superscience to False Consciousness2. The Grand Ideologies of the Nineteenth Century: British Liberalism, French Conservatism, German Socialism3. Twentieth-Century Totalitarianisms: Russian Communism and German NazismPart II: The Global Imaginary4. Third World Liberationisms and other Cold War Isms: No End to Ideology5. Market Globalism and Justice Globalism in the Roaring Nineties6. Jihadist Globalism versus Imperial Globalism: The Great Ideological Struggle of the Twenty-First Century?NotesSelected BibliographyIndex

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"If you want to know how we are likely to be affected by the greatest intellectual struggle of our time-between the death-throes of nationalism and the birth-pangs of globalism-Manfred Steger's The Rise of the Global Imaginary is the best guide yet. Written in flinty, accessible prose and richin its grasp of history, politics and culture, this book will appeal equally to the specialist scholar and the general reader. One cannot read its intelligent dissections of destablizing nationalisms, competing ideological globalisms and the pervasive reach of our new cultural imaginings withoutexperiencing shivers of admiration, apprehension and hope. Globalization studies will never be the same." --BIain McCalman AO, Professor of History and Federation Fellow, University of Sydney.