ICS Launches Landmark Collection for Global Studies

Four volumes of Central Currents in Globalization on a table with a globe positioned behind them.ICS is proud to launch a landmark collection of books on globalisation, a bourgeoning field that now crosses the boundaries of all the older disciplines in the social sciences and humanities.

Professor Paul James has spent ten years bringing out Central currents in globalization, a sixteen-volume series by Sage Publications.

In an interview with UWS News, Professor James says that globalisation has been fundamental in framing people's lives for many generations.

'The form that our cities take, the economies that swirl around us, and the ideas and language that we use are all intensively and extensively globalised,' he says.

'For example, the Global Financial Crisis began with difficult housing debts in discrete parts of the United States, but was carried on a global system of financial transactions and affected even the most remote parts of Australia.'

'Central currents in globalization shows the wealth of writing on globalisation, and brings the best of that writing together into a systematic whole that allows readers to track questions and answers across the many fields of enquiry.'

The overall set comprises over 7,000 pages and more than three and a half million words of the best writings in the field of global studies, with works stretching across more than a century.

Each anthology is edited by Paul James with a senior expert from the field, and it is the only collection ever published in which Karl Marx, Adam Smith, John Rawls, Mary Kaldor and Naomi Klein have appeared alongside each other as major contributors.

Professor James says it is particularly strange that the field of globalisation studies developed in the later part of the twentieth century, long after processes of globalisation had been in full flight.

'The field of globalisation emerged in response to both the everyday and theoretical sense that the world was more than a contestation of nation-states,' he says.

'Shocked by pictures of planet earth from outer space, the recognition that big companies now had a global reach, and a dozen other triggers, people wanted to understand what kind of world this was becoming.'

Central currents in globalization will be jointly launched by Distinguished Professor Ien Ang, ICS Director, and Professor Manfred Steger, Department of Political Science, University of Hawai'i-Manoa, at the UWS Parramatta Campus on Thursday 7 August 2014.

Story originally published by UWS News.

30 July 2014