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Rosenberg's Ode to Bauer, Kinkel and Willich

Authors
  • Lawson, George1
  • 1 London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of International Relations, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE, UK , London (United Kingdom)
Type
Published Article
Journal
International Politics
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication Date
Aug 23, 2005
Volume
42
Issue
3
Pages
381–389
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.ip.8800121
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
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Abstract

Justin Rosenberg is one of the finest social theorists currently working in International Relations. His long article on globalization lives up to this billing — it is a stellar example of what a finely tuned historical sociology can add to the discipline. However, in three crucial ways, Rosenberg's critique misses its target. First, by focusing on the structural dimensions of world historical development, Rosenberg's analysis is infused with a reductionism that loses touch with the uncertainty, indeterminacy and, most crucially, the agency that lies at the heart of processes of large-scale change. Second, by, at least in part, concentrating on easy targets — particularly liberal globalization theory — Rosenberg misses elements of the study of globalization that are both empirically insightful and theoretically noteworthy. Third, for all its theoretical prowess and force, Rosenberg's post-mortem of globalization theory is premature. The age of globalization — as theory, practice and normative discourse — is far from dead. In fact, Rosenberg is performing the last rites on a term, concept and approach that remains in robust health.

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