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globalization and its future

29. Mar 2023
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globalization and its future

  1. IMAGES OF THE GLOBAL FUTURE
  2. Images and Reality • As a basis for explaining the behaviour of actors on the world stage, image is important in shaping how people see themselves, and how they see others • Emphasis on the importance of image in modern global politics has been taken furthest by poststructuralists • Images can also serve as wider explanatory tools – graphic ways of highlighting important trend and developments in global politics
  3. The Value of Images • Value arises less from the insight into the shape of the global future and more from their ability to highlight key trends in the global present • Ultimately, the future is unknowable: in part because extrapolations from present trends inevitably diverge from their course. Moreover, our knowledge of the present is always unknowable.
  4. Contending Images of a Global Future Some influential images include: • A borderless world? • A world of democracies? • Civilizations in conflict? • A Chinese century? • The growth of international community? • The rise of the global South? • The coming environmental catastrophe? • Towards cosmopolitan democracy?
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