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2008 - ISA's 49th ANNUAL CONVENTION, BRIDGING MULTIPLE DIVIDES Pages: 26 pages || Words: 8346 words || 
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1. Axford, Barrie. and Huggins, Richard. "The Need for a Cultural Revolution in the Study of Global Systems: Why the Inclusion of Meaning in the Analysis of Globalization and Globality Produces a more Credible Picture of Global Complexity" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISA's 49th ANNUAL CONVENTION, BRIDGING MULTIPLE DIVIDES, Hilton San Francisco, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA, Mar 26, 2008 Online <PDF>. 2019-03-19 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p251767_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: Appeals for a multi-dimensional and multi/inter-disciplinary approach to the study of global systems still lose out to varieties of methodological nationalism; while disciplines shy away form much that is intellectually foreign. Through attention to the soft features of globalization and enacted globality (largely cultural and motivational phenomena and the realms of meaning)and to the disciplines that promote such approaches (Sociology, Cultural Studies; Social Anthropology, Communication Studies and some areas of Geography) this paper offers reworking of disciplinary paradigms and a remoinder that a frenetic search for appropriate indicators of globalization cannot be confined to economic or narrowly conceived governance phenomena. In this respect it provides the basis for a critical global studies, one which is concerned with the making, reproduction, and transformation of global systems – with globality as a “constitutive framework” for all social relations. Culture is an intriguing zone of analysis for students of globalizationsand global systems,because of its relative neglect or cavalier treatment by researchers ofall persuasions. The paper argues that we treat culture as more than shorthand for some exotic conjunctional features of current globalization, and examine cultural phenomena as part of a description of new forms of sociality constituted through global processes. In the latter guise, culture becomes the realm of shared meanings and purposive action in systemic relationshipsconstitutive of and dependent on larger processes of the global system.

2015 - American Sociological Association Annual Meeting Pages: unavailable || Words: 12024 words || 
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2. Lim, Alwyn. "Organized Hypocrisy and Global Corporate Governance: National and Global Influences on Global Corporate Responsibility Disclosure" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton Chicago and Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois, Aug 20, 2015 Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2019-03-19 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1008460_index.html>
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Abstract: Organized hypocrisy, where talk, decisions, and actions do not cohere, is an endemic feature of modern organizations, especially in the realm of global corporate responsibility (GCR). In the latter half of the twentieth century, international organizations have promoted voluntary corporate responsibility disclosure in response to global corporate governance concerns, but with largely uneven results. This paper examines various firm, national, and global factors that facilitate or mitigate organized hypocrisy in GCR disclosure practices among corporations worldwide. Analyzing quantitative data on more than 1,700 disclosure reports submitted by corporations to the Global Reporting Initiative, this paper presents two main findings. First, external actors play significant roles in shaping GCR disclosure. Third-party organizations that verify corporations’ disclosure practices help mitigate organized hypocrisy while existing corporate disclosures in a company’s country of origin facilitates organized hypocrisy. Second, global factors such as world society ties help mitigate organized hypocrisy in GCR disclosure practices in lower-income countries while it is national factors such as a country’s legal tradition that reduces organized hypocrisy in GCR disclosure in higher-income countries. The paper concludes by discussing the implications of organized hypocrisy and GCR disclosure for attempts to address global corporate governance concerns.

2008 - ISA's 49th ANNUAL CONVENTION, BRIDGING MULTIPLE DIVIDES Words: 240 words || 
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3. Selchow, Sabine. "Discursive Power and ‘Global’ Politics: Global Civil Society and the Construction of our ‘Global’ World" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISA's 49th ANNUAL CONVENTION, BRIDGING MULTIPLE DIVIDES, Hilton San Francisco, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA, Mar 26, 2008 <Not Available>. 2019-03-19 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p251944_index.html>
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Abstract: Recent years have seen a striking proliferation of the term ‘global’ in public, political and political studies discourse world-wide. ‘Global’ has come to constitute a significant political currency; it has come to be one of the discourse-shaping terms today. Yet, reflection on the diverse applications of the term ‘global’ and the ideas that are associated with it has been rare. ‘Global’ is naturalised, meaning that it is taken for granted. The ‘naturalisation’ of the term ‘global’ is problematic, though, because the idea of ‘global’ potentially challenges traditional perceptions of socio-political reality and addresses the important social coordinates of ‘we’ and ‘them’; at the same time it (potentially) blurs power relations and particular interests in that it covers them in (supposedly) all-embracing, ‘global’ terms. Based on a post-structuralist understanding of the relation between reality, linguistic signs and meanings this paper advocates a critical attitude towards the world-wide powerful political currency ‘global’. Which ideas are associated with ‘global’ and by whom are they promoted? Given that prominent (Northern) civil society groups, such as Greenpeace, Amnesty International, Oxfam, WWF, serve as ‘signifying agents’ and have come to gain significant discursive power in the contemporary ‘global’ political discourse, this paper applies a computer assisted content analysis to the communication output of these groups in order to investigate and to reveal how they use the term ‘global’ and in which way they contribute to the discursive construction of (the coordinates of) our contemporary ‘global’ world.

2006 - American Sociological Association Pages: 27 pages || Words: 14242 words || 
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4. Araghi, Farshad. "The ‘Global Working Day’ and the ‘Global Worker:’ Globalization and the Politics of Food" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Montreal Convention Center, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Aug 10, 2006 Online <PDF>. 2019-03-19 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p104910_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: Within the modern, urban-centric, discourses on globalization the role of food and agriculture are under-theorized. This paper reconsiders the politics of food as the political face of world historical value relations. This perspective brings agriculture and food to the centre of analysis as global agriculture and food are inseparable from the reproduction of labor power. In an era characterized by the post-modern retreat into reified particularisms, the fetishization of the local, and the narrow preoccupation with the problematic of (over)consumption this paper argues for a return to the social problematic of labor and the local/global contextualization of its existence and reproduction. Consistent with the emerging literature on ‘critical globalization studies’ the alternative world historical methodology discussed in this paper possesses three advantages. First, it is self-consciously aware of the standpoint from which it sees the world, and thus capable of sustaining a theoretical and political project. Second, while emphasizing the world historical context of particular/local phenomena, its attention to the politics of social processes eschews ‘abstract globalism’ and the resulting macro/teleological narratives. And third, while profoundly interested in studying the particular and the concrete, it does not reify the latter as a given, and thus avoids the abstract particularism that characterize much of the post-modern fascination with reified locality and micronarratives. In this sense, the concepts such as ‘global value relations’, ‘global working day’, and ‘global worker’ are world-historically informed concepts posed at a less abstract level precisely to allow one to capture the ‘unity of the diverse.’

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