World Society Studies

Volume 2007/II: The Regional and Local Shaping of World Society

Mark Herkenrath (editor)

Published by Lit Verlag, Münster, 2007 (distributed in the U.S. by Transaction Publishers)
ISBN 978-3-03735-166-6 (Switzerland), and 978-3-8258-0534-0 (Germany)


Globalization is usually seen as a uniform force producing similar social consequences across all societies affected. The contributions in this volume challenge this notion by demonstrating that reactions to the same global changes vary across different parts of the world. In particular, this volume examines the crucial role of economically and politically integrated regions as mediators between glo1bal challenges and local responses. To the extent that different regional reactions to global change retroact on their global context, global social transformation becomes a highly complex phenomenon.


The Regional and Local Shaping of World Society: An Introduction
Mark Herkenrath

1 How ‘Global’ is Economic Globalization?
Rafael Reuveny and William R. Thompson

2 Globalization, Regionalism, and the Organization of Transnational Collective Action within World Regions, 1980-2000
Dawn Wiest and Jackie Smith

3 Economic Glocalizing, Regional Embedding, and State Scaling: A Comparative Analysis of the Pearl River Delta and the Yangtze River Delta in China
Xiangming Chen

4 East Asia: Structure and Formation of a World Region
Patrick Ziltener

5 Islam in the World System
Amir Sheikhzadegan

6 Northeast Asian Competition for Russian Far East Natural Resources Possibilities of Russo-Chinese Geo-economic Integration
John Gulick

7 The Chad-Cameroon Pipeline Project and the Making of World Society in Central Africa
Yves Alexandre Chouala

8 The Resilience of Cultural Diversity: Reinventing Local Identity in Ireland as the “Gesamt” Creation of Enterprise, State and Civil Society
Martha C.E. Van Der Bly ~~UP~~

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