Beyond Globalization: Capitalism, Territoriality and the by Hannes Lacher

Beyond Globalization: Capitalism, Territoriality and the by Hannes Lacher

By Hannes Lacher

Hannes Lacher provides a brand new severe social concept of diplomacy that integrates sociology, heritage and political geography to appreciate the formation and improvement of recent overseas relations.

Far from implying a go back to state-centrist Realism, this crucial new quantity leads us in the direction of a severe social concept of diplomacy that questions the existing conceptions of the fashionable foreign political financial system as a set of nationally bounded areas extra essentially than ever prior to. It additionally exhibits us that capitalist modernity itself used to be, from the start, characterised by way of the dualism of worldwide financial integration and the fragmentation of political area, which really stems from the divergent origins of capitalism and territorial sovereignty.

This publication may be of significant curiosity to al scholars of historic sociology, political geography, diplomacy and political science.

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The starting point to such a theory is the conception of capitalism not so much as a structure but as process. P. 19 (Thompson 1978a: 84) Capitalism, understood in this sense, has to be conceptualized as a historical category capable of absorbing the development and transformations of this society into its concept. This alternative retains the categorial emphasis on capitalism while embracing the neo-Gramscian caveats against its ahistorical and static conceptualization. We have to take seriously Marx’s acknowledgement (more seriously, perhaps, than Marx himself did) that ‘the present society is no solid crystal, but an organism capable of change, and constantly engaged in a process of change’ (Marx 1977: 93).

Chapter 6 will seek to specify the consequences for capitalism’s ‘logic of process’ in conceptual terms. I will argue that the non-coincidence of the spatialities of authority and accumulation presents a constant source of tension, as states strive to internalize the conditions under which they have to secure the reproduction of ‘their’ capitals. But while states are agents in the production and structuring of global space, their policies cannot be grasped in terms of some innate ‘national interest’; they arise out of the mediation of class struggles and crises of accumulation.

Even if Marx then distinguished between different relations of production, this focus on property relations in production is quite inappropriate to the analysis of pre-capitalist societies and universalizes elements of the structure of capitalist modernity, thereby impoverishing the historical accounts it circumscribes conceptually in this way. To develop a historical materialist theory of capitalism, then, we have to tackle some fundamental problems with Marxism itself. In the face of rampant economic determinism of much liberal globalization analysis, the challenge for historical materialism is today to develop vigorously the non-economistic, nonreductionist and anti-positivist resources which the historical materialist tradition provides.

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