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20.05.2021, Jamal Tuschick

Enlightenment from the ignorance of critical theory

Dear friends, dear colleagues,
we have just published
ProtoSociology Vol. 37 2020
Populism and Globalization
Edited by Barrie Axford and Manfred B. Steger


This issue of "Protosociology Vol. 37 Populism and Globalization" will address an intriguing and troubling facet of the current ‘populist’ phase of global constitution; one that offers a gloss on the tensions between secular convergence and the potential for disruption, perhaps even ‘de-globalization’. It will allow us to highlight the manner in which the assumptions framing globalization – especially, but by no means exclusively, market globalism and knowledge about the global – are being reworked and reconfigured under what muster as crisis conditions.
The discussion will be informed by terms familiar to global scholars: those of global convergence and its discontents, hybridity, syncretism (with the latter two concepts implying cultural amalgamation or mixing) and, of course, glocalization – the manner in which the mutual manifestations of the local and global are articulated.

For many commentators, globalization implies secular integration along with the growth of a modal consciousness. But that has always been too reductionist a description of a complex, non-linear, uneven, and often contradictory process; one that is increasingly decentred and multipolar.
Globalization is, above all, a multidimensional process moving to different impulses that inflect economic life, culture, the environment, and, of course, politics.
Populism affords some purchase on an axial feature of this globalized world - the imbrication or antithesis of local and global, of difference and sameness – and gives it a piquant twist. While generally ‘antiglobalist’, most variants of populism are also at odds with more politically congenial manifestations of anti, or alter-globalization.
This makes them uneasy bedfellows for much resistance to, most obviously, neoliberal globalization.
So, populism – especially in its current resurgence – is a self-conscious challenge to globalization as commonly understood, but it is also a feature of a contested globality and typical of its current phase.

I attach you the Covid-19 article. It is published in Mexican Journal of Political and Social Science.

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