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10 July 2008

332 Pages

ISBN: 9780199286935

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The Rise of the Global Imaginary

Political Ideologies from the French Revolution to the Global War on Terror

Manfred B. Steger

Neoliberalism. Neoconservatism. Postmarxism. Postmodernism. Is there really something genuinely new about today's "isms?" Have we truly moved past our traditional ideological landscape?
Rejecting futile attempts to "update" modern political belief systems by adorning them with prefixes, author Manfred Steger offers a highly original explanation for their novelty--their increasing ability to articulate deep-seated understandings of community in global rather than national terms. Surveying the profoundly altered ideological landscape of our time, the book ends with a timely interpretation of the apparent convergence of ideology and religion in the dawning global age--a broad phenomenon that extends beyond the obvious cases of Christian fundamentalism and Islamic jihadism.


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