[I-House Press] Contradictions of Globalization: Democracy, Culture, and Public Sphere

Contradictions of Globalization: Democracy, Culture, and Public Sphere–
Edited by Tessa Morris-Suzuki

2008 / 164 pages / paperback
ISBN 978-4-903452-09-8
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This is a collection of papers and writings contributed to the House conference in summer 2006 to celebrate the renewal reopening of the International House of Japan. Attempting to grasp the complex and multiple meanings of “Globalization” beyond the conventional definition and understanding in terms of the growing interdependence of the world, the formation of global institutions, and mutually exclusive conditions of the global and the national (local), this volume aims at shedding light on its contradictory aspects from both a political and cultural perspective. While national borders seem to have subsided or been lowered for some in our rapidly interconnected world, new borders, real and imagined, are being constructed or reconstructed, as, for instance, seen in the widening gaps/disparities and the eruption of identity politics. How should the paradoxical development of two contrasting phenomena, —for example, economic globalization and the rediscovery of culture as the basis of identity—be perceived? Prominent intellectuals from academia, the mass media, and NGOs/NPOs from around the Asia-Pacific address such issues as the role of intellectuals, journalism, cultural /academic organizations, and the significance of cross-border networking, with a focus on the idea of the “public” in order to tackle a trans-disciplinary agenda in an increasingly borderless world.

Paper contributors:
Clifford Chanin, Founder and President of the Legacy Project
James Fallows, National Correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly
G. John Ikenberry, Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University, and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Ignas Kleden, Chairman of the Indonesian Community for Democracy (KID); Executive Director of the Center for East Indonesian Affairs (CEIA)
Mary Byrne McDonnell, Executive Director,Social Science Research Council (SSRC)
Mohamad, Maznah, Visiting Senior Fellow, National University of Singapore
Tessa Morris-Suzuki, Professor of Japanese History at the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies,Australia National University.
P. Sainath, Rural Affairs Editor, The Hindu.
Saskia Sassen, Helen and Robert Lynd Professor of Sociology, Committee on Global Thought and Department of Sociology, Columbia University and Centennial Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics (LSE)
This book is the product of a ground-breaking cross-border and trans-disciplinary dialogue aimed at revealing the manner in which the Janus-faced process of globalization is being manifested in the different regions of Asia and other parts of the world. No discussion of the contemporary situation in Asia and other areas can afford to ignore it.

—KANG Sang-jung, Professor, University of Tokyo