Neo-isms: What’s New about Ideology in the Global Age?

By Manfred B. Steger.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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The proliferation of prefixes like ‘neo’ and ‘post’ that adorn conventional ‘isms’ has cast a long shadow on the contemporary relevance of traditional political belief systems like liberalism, conservatism, and Marxism. This article explores how the thickening of global consciousness finds its expression in the growing capability of today’s political ideologies to translate the rising global imaginary into concrete political programs and agendas. But these subjective dynamics of denationalization at the heart of globalization have not yet dispensed with the declining national imaginary. The twenty-first century promises to be a ideational interregnum in which both the global and national stimulate people’s deep-seated understandings of community. The essay ends with an introduction of a new classification scheme that divides contemporary political ideologies into ‘market globalism’, ‘justice globalism’, and ‘jihadist globalism’.

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Global Studies Journal, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp.139-148. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 506.078KB).

Manfred B. Steger

Director of the Globalism Research Centre, School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning, RMIT University, Australia

Manfred B. Steger is Professor of Global Studies and Director of the Globalism Research Center at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Globalization Research Center at the University of Hawai’i-Manoa. He has served as an academic consultant on globalization for the US State Department and as an advisor to the PBS TV series, “Heaven on Earth: The Rise and Fall of Socialism.” He is the author of fourteen books on globalization and the history of political ideas, including: The Rise of the Global Imaginary: Political Ideologies from the French Revolution to the Global War on Terror (Oxford University Press, 2008); the award-winning Globalism: Market Ideology Meets Terrorism (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005) and the bestselling Globalization: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2003; 2nd ed. 2008).

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