Global Modernities (Theory, Culture & Society) by Professor Mike Featherstone, Professor Scott M Lash,

By Professor Mike Featherstone, Professor Scott M Lash, Professor Roland Robertson

Worldwide 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 principles just like the `nation-state' and `national sovereignty'. The spatialization of social concept, hybridization and bio-politics are one of the severe concerns mentioned.

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Here the nation-state would guide the masses, and make them into individuals, through education into the value consensus of these norms. The nation-state would lead the masses from the systemness of particularistic traditionalism to the new systemness of universalistic modernity. But what are the implications, Bauman asks, of the imminent demise of the nation and its supersession by the new global order? What will happen now that the state is decisively weakened as a 'centre that holds'? It is in this context that he understands the turn to community in postmodernity, and our contemporary shift towards an ethos in which 'constraint is not an unmitigated disaster'.

These are like traditional and concrete Gemeinschaften in that people are willing to die for them. However, unlike 'immediate communities' which were rendered in qualitative time, full space and immediate forms of sociation, imagined communities are 'imagined' in the sense of their very abstraction of abstract time, space and the social. Luke's postmodern 'neo-world orders' give us not imagined, but virtual communities, involving such levels of hyperabstraction that time destroys history, space destroys reality and the image/information flows destroy the social.

Anthony King in Chapter 6 thus uses globalization to spatialize modernity in two senses. First he notes that the globalization problématique 'finally enunciates' that about which the previous temporal notion of modernity was suspiciously silent, that it is 'spatial, Western and white'. Like Friedman, King's modernity is not about the spread of idea but is fundamentally structural and world-systemic. The latter for King, however, is not primarily 'regimes of meaning', but is instead general processes of exchange and world-wide division of labour in the 'colonial mode of production'.

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