Contributions to books

SELCHOW, Sabine

in Ino ROSSI (ed.), Challenges of globalization and prospects for an inter-civilizational world order, Cham : Springer, 2020, pp. 209-224

Abstract: The adjective global has come to be an omnipresent ingredient of contemporary politics discourses. There is hardly anything these days that is not attributed with this adjective in one context or another. Most recently, in the context of the Brexit-debate, “Britain” has been relaunched by UK Prime Minister May as “global Britain”. This chapter engages with the adjective global. It argues that the omnipresence of the adjective global is not just a linguistic curiosity, nor is it “simply” a symbolic manifestation of a “global” consciousness. Rather, the widespread use of global is a political phenomenon. It constitutes the discursive reproduction of a web of meanings that is best labelled “new world”. As such, the use of the adjective global demands critical scrutiny from political analysts. The aim of the chapter is twofold. First, it outlines this theoretical argument. Second, it discusses the politics of the adjective global in UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s post-Brexit use of the term ‘global Britain’.
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