Globalization and Anti-Globalization: A Critique of Contempary Capitalism and its Counter Trends

‘If hand mill gives us the society of feudal lord and steam-mill gives us the society with industrial lord…then microchips gives us the society with global capitalists.’ Thus, revolutionary changes in the information technology have led contemporary capitalism to enter into a new stage- globalization.

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About The Author

Sheikh A Baten

Sheikh A Baten was born in 1957 in the district of Comilla, Bangladesh. In 1971, when he was a student of class nine he joined country’s Liberation War-initially at the Saldanadi frontline under 4 Bengal Regiment and then as a guerilla group commander in his own area under Sector number two. Sheikh Baten received his Master in Social Sciences (MSS) degree in Sociology at the University of Dhaka. He had a bright academic career; he was also politically active. Baten was associated with Bishywo Shahittyo Kendro (World Literature Center) from its very early days. He joined the Bangladesh Civil Service in 1984 and served as a Magistrate in the different courts of the country. He is currently at the final stage of his PhD program in the Department of Sociology at the State University of New York (at Binghamton). Baten served as an editor of Bikshon (a journal of social sciences) and contributor to many journals. His recently published book Biswaonbirodhee Kabita (Poems against Globalization) superbly connects the local and personal suffering of life with global disorder.

The opponents, however, contend that the above globalist version of reality is an exaggeration. It basically packages the ideology of neoliberals in order to present capitalism in a positive light. Capitalism, they hold, has always been a global process. Technology has, no doubt, speeded up the processes of expansion. But it has not brought about any qualitative change in the world economy. State, the imperial state, is still the predominant actor. Our world is still divided between the poor and rich. World Wide Web cannot automatically connect the gap created by social injustice. Reality, on the contrary, shows a statistical correlation between capitalist expansion and increasing world poverty, war and environmental destruction. Capitalism is not the end of history. It has its own contradictions reflected in the increasing cycles of mass movement against globalization around the world. This book is a systematic study of globalization from the sociological perspective. Putting in historical context, it critical examines the development of the concept of globalization, different dimensions of its processes and different debates centering around it.


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