Whither Globalization? An interview with Roland Robertson

Featherstone, Mike. 2020. Whither Globalization? An interview with Roland Robertson. Theory, Culture & Society, 37(7-8), pp. 169-185. ISSN 0263-2764 [Article]

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In this interview to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Theory Culture & Society special issue on Global Culture, Roland Robertson reflects on his long involvement as one of the major theorists of globalization. He recounts how in his early years as a sociologist there was strong resistance to thinking beyond the nation-state society. He comments on the emergence of the field of interdisciplinary global studies, the concern with global culture and his own attempts to extend the concept of globalization by developing the term glocalization. He also discusses the present covid-19 pandemic and ends with a number of reflections on world history.

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global studies, globalization, glocal, glocalization, pandemic, Roland Robertson, global history

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Institute for Cultural and Creative Entrepreneurship (ICCE)


31 August 2020Accepted
27 November 2020Published Online
1 December 2020Published

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06 Oct 2020 09:47

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09 Jun 2021 12:23

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