Problematizing the Global: An Introduction to Global Culture Revisited

Featherstone, Mike. 2020. Problematizing the Global: An Introduction to Global Culture Revisited. Theory, Culture & Society, 37(7-8), pp. 157-167. ISSN 0263-2764 [Article]

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This paper serves as an introduction to the special section on Global Culture Revisited which commemorates the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of the 1990 Global Culture special issue. It examines the development of interest in the various strands of globalization and the question of whether there can be a global culture. The paper discusses the emergence of alternative global histories and the problematization of global knowledge. It examines the view that the current covid-19 pandemic signals a turning point, or change of epoch, that marks the end of peak globalization (Gray, Mignolo). The paper also discusses the view that global was always a limited cartographic term which failed to adequately grasp our terrestrial location on the Earth (Latour). Currently, there is considerable speculation about the emergent politics of a new world order, with civilizational states set alongside nation-states, opening up an epoch of greater pluriversality, and at the same time greater uncertainty.

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Globalization, global culture, Roland Robertson, global knowledge, migrants, pandemics, Walter Mignolo, pluriversality, cosmopolitics, Bruno Latour, cosmotechnics, civilizational state

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Institute for Cultural and Creative Entrepreneurship (ICCE)


1 August 2020Accepted
9 October 2020Published Online
1 December 2020Published

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29 Sep 2020 11:17

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10 Jun 2021 02:37

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