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In the Vanguard of Globalization

James Davison Hunter and Joshua Yates

in Many Globalizations

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780195151466
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780199834914 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195151461.003.0011
 In the Vanguard of Globalization

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The previous chapters have shown that US activities powerfully contribute to globalization, even if they do not dominate the processes involved. This chapter looks at the perspectives of the globalizers in the US, operating in each of the ‘four channels’ identified at the start of the book, noting that despite differences (and even tensions) between them, as to what they are doing and why, there are many uncanny similarities. These involve a common existence in a cocoon of frantic activity insulated within the airports, offices, and hotels they mainly inhabit; a common concept of progress dressed up in a common idiom; and a common perception of world socioeconomic development. They tend, indeed, to see the world in their own image, driven by the same forces that they themselves serve, and strenuously resistant to the idea that they are attempting to ‘Americanize’ the world – or at least, not in a harmful way. They can usefully be described as ‘parochial cosmopolitans’.

Keywords: culture; globalization; US

Chapter.  12617 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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