Cultural Imperialism: Essays on the Political Economy of Cultural Domination

Edited by Bernd Hamm and Russell Smandych

© 2005

What is cultural imperialism? What are the arguments made by critics and apologists of recent well-documented efforts at American global cultural domination? How is cultural imperialism related to neo-liberalism and globalization? Is cultural imperialism a one-way process, or is it inherently recursive, involving many possible reverse cultural flows? How is American, and more broadly Anglo-Western, cultural imperialism revealed in specific cultural institutions, processes, and recent geopolitical global developments, including: the Hollywood motion picture industry and the culturally-homogenizing influence of powerful Western cultural and media industries; the battle over the "hearts and minds" of the masses during the US-led "War on Terrorism"; the neo-liberal attack on the humanities; GATS agreements on trade liberalization and the commodification of education; the forced imposition of World Bank-initiated "good governance" regimes in developing countries; and the current human catastrophe we are experiencing from our seemingly inevitable move toward global ecological destruction? These are some of the many questions answered by the authors in this book.

Critical thinking on cultural imperialism now cuts across many academic disciplines and subfields of interdisciplinary study. This is clearly reflected in the contents of the current book, which offers a diverse range of essays on the state of current research, knowledge, and global political action and debate on cultural imperialism. These 19 chapters, written by authors coming from many fields of interest and geographical backgrounds, provide compelling evidence of the close connection between cultural imperialism and the global power structure and the political and economic objectives behind current American attempts at global domination. However, as several of the chapters also show, cultural imperialism is certainly, historically, not an American invention, and it will probably long outlive the current American Empire.

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This book offers a diverse range of essays on the state of current research, knowledge, and global political action and debate on cultural imperialism.

Cultural Imperialism: Essays on the Political Economy of Cultural Domination

Edited by Bernd Hamm and Russell Smandych

© 2005

What is cultural imperialism? What are the arguments made by critics and apologists of recent well-documented efforts at American global cultural domination? How is cultural imperialism related to neo-liberalism and globalization? Is cultural imperialism a one-way process, or is it inherently recursive, involving many possible reverse cultural flows? How is American, and more broadly Anglo-Western, cultural imperialism revealed in specific cultural institutions, processes, and recent geopolitical global developments, including: the Hollywood motion picture industry and the culturally-homogenizing influence of powerful Western cultural and media industries; the battle over the "hearts and minds" of the masses during the US-led "War on Terrorism"; the neo-liberal attack on the humanities; GATS agreements on trade liberalization and the commodification of education; the forced imposition of World Bank-initiated "good governance" regimes in developing countries; and the current human catastrophe we are experiencing from our seemingly inevitable move toward global ecological destruction? These are some of the many questions answered by the authors in this book.

Critical thinking on cultural imperialism now cuts across many academic disciplines and subfields of interdisciplinary study. This is clearly reflected in the contents of the current book, which offers a diverse range of essays on the state of current research, knowledge, and global political action and debate on cultural imperialism. These 19 chapters, written by authors coming from many fields of interest and geographical backgrounds, provide compelling evidence of the close connection between cultural imperialism and the global power structure and the political and economic objectives behind current American attempts at global domination. However, as several of the chapters also show, cultural imperialism is certainly, historically, not an American invention, and it will probably long outlive the current American Empire.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.7in x 9.0in
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    [...] the material in this text comes from around the globe, and these local stories aptly demonstrate that it is the logic of capitalism, especially in its neo-liberal form, which is shaping market, state, and culture to support it. The chapters in this text repeatedly point out that the assault on non-capitalist cultures has been relentless, insidious, ingenious, and imperial. It is also shown to be extremely dangerous because it encourages a way of life that not only creates inequality, human suffering, and desperation but is also unsustainable. [...] This work provides each of us with an opportunity to reevaluate the emphasis that we place on the political, economic dimensions of human society and to reaffirm the central place of culture in our understanding of human affairs. It makes an excellent multidisciplinary contribution to the political economy literature.


    Rodney Kueneman, University of Manitoba
  • Author Information

    Bernd Hamm is Professor of Sociology, Jean Monnet Professor of European Studies, and UNESCO Chair in Europe in a Global Perspective at the University of Trier, Germany.



    Russell Smandych is Professor of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.

  • Table of contents

    Foreword
    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    Notes on Contributors

    Part 1: Defining Cultural Imperialism
    Introduction

    Chapter 1. Cultural Imperialism and Its Critics: Rethinking Cultural Domination and Resistance, Russell Smandych
    Chapter 2. Cultural Imperialism: The Political Economy of Cultural Domination, Bernd Hamm

    Part 2: Cultural Imperialism: History and Future
    Introduction

    Chapter 3. Cultural Imperialism: A Short History, Future, and a Postscript from the Present, Susantha Goonatilake
    Chapter 4. Imperialism as a Theory of the Future, Ashis Nandy
    Chapter 5. Cynical Science: Science and Truth as Cultural Imperialism, Bernd Hamm

    Part 3: Media Imperialism and Cultural Politics
    Introduction

    Chapter 6. Legitimating Domination: Notes on the Changing Face of Cultural Imperialism, Katharine Sarikakis
    Chapter 7. Content Industries and Cultural Diversity: The Case of Motion Pictures, Christoph Germann
    Chapter 8. Cultural Imperialism, State's Power, and Civic Activism in and Beyond Cyberspace: Asia's Newly Industrializing Economies (NIEs) in Comparative Perspective, On-kwok Lai
    Chapter 9. Media Transmitted Values Transfer: The US at "War Against Terrorism" and its Implications for the Information Society, Elvira Classen

    Part 4: Neo-Liberalism, Globalization, and Cultural Imperialism
    Introduction

    Chapter 10. Neo-Liberalism and the Attack on the Humanities: The New Social Science of Cultural Imperialism, Herbert Schui
    Chapter 11. The Role of GATS in the Commodification of Education, Christoph Scherrer
    Chapter 12. From White Man's Burden to Good Governance: Economic Liberalization and the Commodification of Law and Ethics, D. Parthasarathy
    Chapter 13. Deradicalization and the Defeat of the Feminist Movement: The Case of the Philippines, Sheilfa B. Alojamiento

    Part 5: Linguistic and Ecological Imperialism
    Introduction

    Chapter 14. Analyzing and Resisting Linguistic Imperialism, Fritz Vilmar
    Chapter 15. Protection of the World's Linguistic and Ecological Diversity: Two Sides of the Same Coin, Hermann H. Dieter
    Chapter 16. Eco-Imperialism as an Aspect of Cultural Imperialism, Gustav W. Sauer and Bernd Hamm

    Part 6: Postcolonialism and Cultural Imperialism
    Introduction

    Chapter 17. The Cultural Imperialism of Law, Russell Smandych
    Chapter 18. Enrique Dussel and Ali Shari'ati on Cultural Imperialism, Abbas Manoochehri
    Chapter 19. Redefining Cultural Imperialism and the Dynamics of Culture Contacts, Biyot K. Tripathy

    Index

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