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Constructing World Culture: International Nongovernmental Organizations Since 1875 John Boli

Constructing World Culture: International Nongovernmental Organizations Since 1875

John Boli

Published December 3rd 2002
ISBN : 9780804734219
Hardcover
363 pages
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This work examines the central role played by international nongovernmental organizations in the development of a comprehensive world polity. The contributors argue that the enormous proliferation of INGOs since 1875 both reflects and contributes toMoreThis work examines the central role played by international nongovernmental organizations in the development of a comprehensive world polity. The contributors argue that the enormous proliferation of INGOs since 1875 both reflects and contributes to the spread of global institutions and cultural principles based on models of rationality, individualism, progress and universalism. The contributors contrast this world-polity perspective with other approaches to understanding globalization, including realist and neo-realist analyses in the field of international relations, and world-system theory and interstate competition theory in sociology. The volume considers transnational organizing as an historical process of the creation of global rules and norms, changing over time, that have identifiable effects on social organization at the national and local levels. It identifies specific mechanisms that translate global cultural assumptions and prescriptions into local social activity, such as the creation of state agencies, the formulation of government policies, and the emergence of social movements.