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Hosseini, S. A. H., Goodman, J., Motta, S. C., & Gills, B. K., (eds.) (2020) The Routledge Handbook of Transformative Global Studies (London: Routledge). ISBN-13: 978-1138601123, 568 pages.


The Routledge Handbook of Transformative Global Studies provides diverse and cutting-edge perspectives on this fast-changing field. For thirty years the world has been caught in a long ‘global interregnum’, plunging from one crisis to the next and witnessing the emergence of new, vibrant, multiple, and sometimes contradictory forms of popular resistance and politics.

This global ‘interregnum’ – or a period of uncertainty where the old hegemony is fading and the new ones have not yet been fully realized – necessitates critical self-reflection, brave intellectual speculation, and (un)learning of perceived wisdom, and greater transdisciplinary collaboration across theories, localities, and subjects. This Handbook takes up this challenge by developing fresh perspectives on globalization, development, neoliberalism, capitalism, and their progressive alternatives, addressing issues of democracy, power, inequality, insecurity, precarity, wellbeing, education, displacement, social movements, violence and war, and climate change. Throughout, it emphasizes the dynamics for system change, including bringing post-capitalist, feminist, (de)colonial and other critical perspectives to support transformative global praxis.

This volume brings together a mixture of fresh and established scholars from across disciplines and from a range of both Northern and Southern contexts. Researchers and students from around the world and across the fields of politics, sociology, international development, international relations, geography, economics, area studies, and philosophy will find this an invaluable and fresh guide to global studies in the 21st century.


“Delve into this fat volume written and edited by outstanding scholars and I promise that you will find at least one contribution that makes you change your mind or admit “I wish I’d written that”; one you don’t actually understand or has you looking up the author; perhaps even one that makes you want to throw the book across the room. Don’t. It’s full of original thinking and new takes on a changing, elastic, often scary world and how we try to understand it.” —Susan George, PhD, President of the Transnational Institute

About the Editors

S. A. Hamed Hosseini is Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences at the University of Newcastle, Australia, where he is Director of Alternative Futures Research Network.

James Goodman is Professor in Social and Political Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia, where he is Director of the Climate Justice Research Centre.

Sara C. Motta is a mother, poet, critical theorist, popular educator and Associate Professor in Politics at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Barry K. Gills is Professor of Development Studies at The University of Helsinki, Finland; Chief Editor of Globalizations Journal and Editor of Routledge’s Rethinking Globalizations book series

Table of Contents

List of Figures

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List of Contributors

Towards New Agendas for Transformative Global Studies: An Introduction

S A Hamed Hosseini, James Goodman, Sara C. Motta, and Barry K. Gill


1. Reinventing Global Studies Through Transformative Scholarship: A Critical Proposition

S A Hamed Hosseini and Barry K. Gills

2. 21st Century Deglobalization and the Struggle for Global Justice in the World Revolution of 20xx

Christopher Chase-Dunn

3. On the Question of Bodies, Flesh, and Global Racial Capitalism

Anna M. Agathangelou and Mishall Ahmed

4. Crises of Capital and Climate: Three Contradictions and Prospects for Contestation

James Anderson and James Goodman

5. Global Economy of Knowledge in Transformative Global Studies: Decoloniality, Ecologies of Knowledges and Pluriversity

Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni

6. Another World is Possible: The Possibilities for a Transformative, Post-Capitalist Education

Richard Hall

7. Revisiting Neoliberalism in the Age of Rising Authoritarianisms: Between Convictions and Contradictions

Emel Akçalı

8. End of Ideology? A Neoliberal Hoax and Lessons for the Left

Rafal Soborski

9. Pueblo and Exteriority: On the Thought of Enrique Dussel

Mario Sáenz

10. Transmodern Transdevelopment: An Alternative Response to the 21st Century Global Ecosociocultural Crisis

Antonio Luis Hidalgo-Capitán and Ana Patricia Cubillo-Guevara



11. The Political Economy Dynamics of Global Disintegration and Its Implications for War, Peace and Security in the 21st Century

Heikki Patomäki

12. BRICS from Above, Commoning from Below

Patrick Bond and Ana Garcia

13. Contested American Dominance: Global Order in an Era of Rising Powers

Salvador Santino F. Regilme Jr. and James Parisot

14. Pro-Capitalist Violence and Globalization: Lessons from Latin America

Jasmin Hristov

15. Populism and Transformative Politics in West Bengal, India

Debal K. SinghaRoy

16. The (Mis)shaping of Health: Problematizing Neoliberal Discourses of Individualism and Responsibility

Lisette Farias Vera

17. Politics of Hope: Transformation or Stagnation?

Marjo Lindroth and Heidi Sinevaara-Niskanen


18. A Materialist Ecofeminist Reading of the Green Economy: or, Yes Karl, the Ecological Footprint is Sex-Gendered

Ariel Salleh

19. Climate Change and Capitalism

Hans A Baer

20. Planetary Ethics beyond Neoliberalism: The Earth Charter’s ‘Community of Life’

Alfonso Fernández-Herrería and Francisco Miguel Martínez-Rodríguez

21. The Politics of the Land Rush: Scales of Land Contention and the Reconfiguration of Political Authority

Jacobo Grajales and Mathilde Allain

22. Three Worlds of Climate Imperialism? Prospects for Climate Justice

James Goodman


23. Work in Global Capitalism

Kwang-Yeong Shin

24. Unravelling Monopoly Capital in the 21st Century and the Role of the Imperial Innovation System: Silicon Valley and Counter-hegemonies

Raúl Delgado Wise

25. Public Health 4.0 in the Emergent Climate of Global Transformation

Deane Neubauer

26. Global Capitalism, Wealth Inequality, and the Art Sector

Andres Solimano and Paula Solimano

27. A Capitalist world? Imagining, Envisioning and Enacting Futures of Work and Organization Centered around Informal and Diverse Economies

Richard J White and Colin C Williams

28. Owning the Future of Work

Alec Stubbs

29. The Future of Labor and Capital in China

An Li and Zhun Xu


30. Toward Human/Non-Human Conviviality: Buen Vivir as a Transformative Alternative to Capitalist Coloniality

Eija Ranta

31. Subaltern Politics in the World’s Largest Democracy: Utopian Horizons versus Conjunctural Compulsion?

Alf Gunvald Nilsen

32. Intersectionality and Refugee Justice: Feminist Approaches to Insecurity and Precarity

Beverly Weber

33. New Forms of Feminized Resistances and their Role in the (Re)creation of Emancipatory Political Subjectivities in Latin America

Liz Mason Deese

34. Territories of Decolonising Feminist/ised Struggles

Sara C. Motta

35. Governing the Petropolis: From Resource Entrepreneurialism to Resource Commoning

Franklin Obeng-Odoom

36. Strategy in/for Progressive Transformation: a Pluri-Scalar War of Position

Thomas Muhr

37. Struggle, Resistance and Disruption in Austerity Europe

Nikolai Huke, David J. Bailey, Mònica Clua-Losada and Olatz Ribera-Almandoz

38. The Future of Revolutions: Intersectional Global Climate Justice as Humanity’s Best Hope

John Foran


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