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Globalization and its actors

Appréhender la figure de l'acteur dans la globalisation

A study on conflicts in emerging countries

Étude des rapports conflictuels dans les pays émergents 

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Published on Monday, July 18, 2016 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

The creative potential of conflicts has often been forgotten in social sciences. Solutions often emerge from contradictions, as illustrated by climate change negotiations (and agreements). Many actors stand at the core of contemporary conflicts, promoting their interests on different scales, in many different forms, with various rationale. Consequently, we need to identify the new actors of globalization in order to grasp the development dynamics in emerging countries, eventually paving the way for interdisciplinary conversation.

Announcement

The CESSMA - Centre d’études en sciences sociales sur les mondes africains, américains et asiatiques, is an interdisciplinary research unit related to Paris Diderot, the INALCO, and the IRD. With 40 researchers and 78 PhD candidates, it aims at analysing the historical and spatial configurations of development dynamics in the context of globalization.

Argument

Over the past thirty years, most emerging countries have entered a process of globalization,i resulting in accelerated flows and exchanges, with two major consequences. On the one hand, it has spurred economic growth and technical progress. On the other hand, it has led to economic, geopolitical and identity-based conflicts due to increased connections between distant places on a global scale. However, the creative potential of conflicts has often been forgotten in social sciences. Solutions often emerge from contradictions, as illustrated by climate change negotiations (and agreements).

Many actors stand at the core of contemporary conflicts, promoting their interests on different scales (local, global), in many different forms (individual, social group, territory, State), with various rationale (exit, voice, loyalty, neglectii). Consequently, we need to identify the new actors of globalization in order to grasp the development dynamics in emerging countries, eventually paving the way for interdisciplinary conversation.

This workshop aims at approaching actors’ conflicts in emerging countries through three major dimensions:

  • Resistance: Across emerging countries, globalization is often perceived as a threat to local cultures and institutions, triggering defensive mechanisms ranging from pacific to violent actions.iii Who are the key players of resistance? What ideologies do they defend? How do they articulate their strategies?
  • Networks: Men, ideas, goods and money circulate through networks structured around actors, often in situation of competition and/or cooperation. Where do networks stem from? To what extent can they create both convergences and fragmentations?
  • Spatial practices and representations: New cultural, social and economic logics tend to re-configure space at all scales. How does it impact daily urban practices? To what extent is increased mobility transforming social actors’ spatiality? How does globalization impact local imaginaries?iv What are the consequences on development trajectories?

Select bibliography:

  • iPhilippe Cadène, Ed., La mondialisation: l’intégration des pays en développement, (Paris: Sedes, 2007).
  • iiAlbert O. Hirschman, Exit, Voice, and Loyalty: Responses to Decline in Firms, Organizations, and States (Cambridge, Mass: Harvard Univ. Press, 2004).
  • iiiArjun Appadurai, Géographie de la colère. La violence à l’âge de la globalisation (Paris: Payot, 2009).
  • ivJonathan Xavier, Inda and Renato Rosaldo, Ed., The Anthropology of Globalization: A Reader, 2nd ed., (Malden, Mass.: Blackwell, 2008).
  • Marc Abélès, Anthropologie de la globalisation, Essais (Paris: Payot, 2008).
  • Arjun Appadurai, Après le colonialisme: les conséquences culturelles de la globalisation (Paris: Payot, 2005).

Submission of proposals

Papers should be based on empirical research in emerging countries. Data can be quantitative, qualitative or a mix of both.

Proposed papers should be sent on 30 September 2016 at the latest

to doctorants.cessma@gmail.com in the form of a 3,000 character document including the title, name(s) of the author(s), institutional affiliation and e-mail address. Call for papers in English are welcome. The organising committee will inform the authors about their decision by 15 October 2016.

Organising committee

  • Rémi Desmoulière, doctorant, CESSMA, INALCO
  • Téphanie Sieng, doctorante, CESSMA, INALCO
  • Yves-Marie Rault, doctorant, CESSMA, Université Paris Diderot

Places

  • Paris, France (75)

Date(s)

  • Friday, September 30, 2016

Keywords

  • acteur, conflit, échange, circulation, flux, échelle, espace, globalisation, identité, intégration, mobilité, mondialisation, pays émergent, réseaux, résistance, sud, tension, territoire, actor, conflict, exchange

Contact(s)

  • Rémi Desmoulière
    courriel : doctorants [dot] cessma [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Yves-Marie Rault
    courriel : yves [dot] marie [dot] rault [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Téphanie Sieng
    courriel : doctorants [dot] cessma [at] gmail [dot] com

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Doctorants du CESSMA
    courriel : doctorants [dot] cessma [at] gmail [dot] com

To cite this announcement

« Globalization and its actors », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Monday, July 18, 2016, https://calenda.org/372877

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