Globalisation and its Discontents

Allen, Kieran
January 2002
Irish Journal of Sociology;2002, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p81
Academic Journal
The emergence of an anti-globalisation movement which seeks to project a common interest between workers and social movements against neo-liberalism, represents a challenge for sociological theory. The most direct challenge is to the ‘court sociology’ of Beck and Giddens who now act as advisors to political elites. They have conceptualised globalisation as primarily an abstract cultural process which calls for ‘inevitable’ flexible changes among the dominated. One theorist who rose to the challenge of the anti-globalisation movement was Pierre Bourdieu. His later writings re-legitimised a discourse of resistance. But his explanation of neo-liberalism in terms of subjective changes among the state nobility has underplayed the economic changes in late capitalism that gave rise to the phase of globalisation.


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