The Us and Globalisation

Howard Brick

in American Thought and Culture in the 21st Century

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780748626014
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670673 | DOI:
The Us and Globalisation

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At the outset of this chapter, the author, Howard Brick, considers whether, from an American perspective, 9/11 and the ensuing wars represented a rupture in the rise of globalisation in the 1990s or whether it emphasized the extent of global reach. Brick traces global forces and relations back to the late 1970s and early 1980s, but he discerns much longer historical tensions between national insularity and international cosmopolitanism in American life, which came to the fore in the 1970s in the aftermath of the Vietnam War and a new economic crisis. Surveying the literature of globalization in the second half of the 1990s, the chapter concludes with a discussion of Thomas Friedman amongst other contemporary critics of globalism, arguing that it is unhelpful to see globalisation as a single, coherent and internally uniform process.

Keywords: Globalisation; 9/11; Insularity; Cosmopolitanism; Vietnam War; Thomas Friedman

Chapter.  6828 words. 

Subjects: Cultural Studies

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