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By V. Spike Peterson

This e-book rewrites international political economic climate through bringing disparate good points of globalization into relation and supplying an available narrative of "how we acquired here," "what's going on," and "what it capability" from a serious vantage element.

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Answering this question is exceedingly complex, and this book is an initial attempt to "map" that terrain. Three interrelated observations provide context. First, the new technologies transform production processes, their (networked) organization, and their global effects. This is the more familiar and relatively well-mapped terrain of political economy, whether its analysts are applauding or criticizing these changes. Second, the application of information and communication technologies (which is determined by social forces) underpins the extraordinary speed and scale of globalization.

Uneven effects are widely noted, even anticipated by neoliberal enthusiasts, but are differently interpreted. Assessments are shaped by whether and to what extent the rules of the game and its premises are taken for granted (as common sense) or contested (as ideological constructions). Globalization as an informational economy: meaning and effects Castells's discussion of the "information technology paradigm" helps to clarify the analytical challenges posed by new technologies (2000, 69-78). First, information is the raw material of the paradigm; "these are technologies to act on information, not just information to act on technology" as in earlier technological revolutions (70).

Insofar as prevailing accounts are dominated by modernist, economistic, and masculinist commitments, they in fact impede adequate understanding of and critical practice in regard to globalization's circuits of power. The alternative RPV framing and triad analytics deployed here offer more relational and more critical understanding, in the hope of encouraging more effective resistance to current and emerging inequalities of power. 2 Theory matters We need a revamped materialism that will allow us to see the virtual realities of the globe.

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