Journal Article

The Global–Local Dialectic: Challenges for African Scholarship and Social Work in a Post-Colonial World

Vishanthie Sewpaul

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 36, issue 3, pages 419-434
Published in print April 2006 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online April 2006 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcl003
The Global–Local Dialectic: Challenges for African Scholarship and Social Work in a Post-Colonial World

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This paper addresses the global–local dialectic in respect of the convergence and divergence of culture and democracy, and the consequences of neo-liberal capitalism. The argument is that while the globalization of people has produced some gains, the globalization of capital has created a world of unbridled consumerism, individualism and greed with the maintenance of a capitalist ideological hegemony that precludes our search for alternatives and, indeed, limits our very ability to think outside the system. The paper concludes with a call for the development of a counter-hegemonic consciousness to neo-liberal capitalism and a commitment to redistributive justice as we envision another world order.

Keywords: globalization; neo-liberal capitalism; democracy; redistributive justice; challenging ideological hegemony

Journal Article.  7069 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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