From globalization to empire : a critical evaluation of dominant meta-narratives

Mercan, Ali Serkan
“Globalization” and “empire” are the dominant meta-narratives of 1990s and 2000s successively. The liberal perception/presentation of the former finds its expression in the claims of trans-(supra)-nationalization. In addition, the theoretical and pejorative usages of the latter, which has flourished since 9/11 attacks to the World Trade Center in New York are also based on similar claims of trans-(supra)-nationalization. However, these claims seem not convincing in a world in which nation-states secure their central role in the organization of capitalist social relations. In this thesis, those meta-narratives will be critically evaluated by also taking into account the role of the US in world capitalist system. Such a critical outlook is essential for highlighting the persistence of capital relation with its contradictory nature and for developing some tentative ideas about the ways in which the organization/management of contemporary world capitalism as a multiple state system should be analyzed. Keywords: Globalization, empire, nation-state, capital relation, trans-(supra)-nationalization


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A. S. Mercan, “From globalization to empire : a critical evaluation of dominant meta-narratives,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2007.