By Professor Mike Featherstone, Professor Scott M Lash, Professor Roland Robertson
International Modernities is a sustained statement at the overseas personality of the main microcosmic practices. It demonstrates how the worldwide more and more informs the neighborhood, so deconstructing rules just like the `nation-state' and `national sovereignty'. The spatialization of social conception, hybridization and bio-politics are one of the serious concerns mentioned.
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It may be possible, Robertson contends, to go some way to overcoming this aporia of (modernist) homogenizers and (postmodernist) heterogenizers in the very privileging of space over (modernist and postmodernist) temporality. If globality is the condition of divergent modernization then universalism is the condition of growing particularizations. Dependency analysts such as Wallerstein would tend to understand the universal and particular to involve a contradiction between system and anti-systemic movements, between 'McWorld' and 'Jihad world'.
In Europe these social constructors of modernization were primarily the national bourgeoisie either as individuals or as a collectivity. In some cases, such as Sweden and Russia (see Kharkhordin in Chapter 12) the working class as collective actor seems to have been determinant. In the New World route, in the Americas, the nation itself, in grassroots popular nationalisms, was the pivotal collective agent. Where modernization is in response to an 'external threat', it is nationalist. But here social change is defensive and engineered from above, while trappings of traditional culture are kept on such as the Japanese Emperor of the Junkers in Germany.
Such Page 10 decoding/encoding ability depends on the possession of particular, virtual-community-specific types of cultural capital. And such cultural struggles over the power to encode and decode involve a lot more than the institutions of education. They involve rights in and the ability to control intellectual property. Think for example of Microsoft's sustained hegemony in micro-electronics. The battle for markets in the informational neo-world orders is very importantly a matter of power in regard to intellectual property.