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In 2018, 3 new books are published in the ACGS book series Studies in Globalization, Culture and Society.


Global Cultures of Contestation: Mobility, Sustainability, Aesthetics & Connectivity

Editors: Peeren, E., Celikates, R., de Kloet, J., Poell, Th.


  • Aimed at scholars and graduate students working on topics related to globalization, politics and social movements from across the humanities and the social sciencesBrings together contributors from Egypt, Iran, Australia, France, Spain, Greece, Hong Kong and across the globe.
  • Approaches each protest movement in terms of both their specificity and their tendency, in a context of digitization and globalization, to connect, share and influence each other.


This book guides the reader through the many complications and contradictions that characterize popular contestation today, focusing on its socio-political, cultural, and aesthetic dimensions. The volume recognizes that the same media and creative strategies can be used to pursue very different causes, as the anti-gay marriage Manif Pour Tous movement in France makes clear. The contributors are scholars from the humanities and social sciences, who analyze protests in particular regions, including Egypt, Iran, Australia, France, Spain, Greece, and Hong Kong, and transnational protests such as the NSA-leaks and the mobilization of migrants and refugees. Not only the specificity of these protest movements is examined, but also their tendency to connect and influence each other, as well as the central, often ambiguous role global digital platforms play in this. 


Available here.


Globalization and Latin American Cinema: Towards a New Critical Paradigm

Author: McClennen, Sophia A.


  • Offers an exciting new way of thinking about national and regional cinemas through a bravura blend of political economy, policy analysis, and international cultural studies.
  • Mixes discourses and methods that are usually kept separate.
  • Argues that neoliberal globalization has created a highly ambivalent space for cultural expression.


Studying the case of Latin American cinema, this book analyzes one of the most public - and most exportable- forms of postcolonial national culture to argue that millennial era globalization demands entirely new frameworks for thinking about the relationship between politics, culture, and economic policies. Concerns that globalization would bring the downfall of national culture were common in the 1990s as economies across the globe began implementing neoliberal, free market policies and abolishing state protections for culture industries. Simultaneously, new technologies and the increased mobility of people and information caused others to see globalization as an era of heightened connectivity and progressive contact. Twenty-five years later, we are now able to examine the actual impact of globalization on local and regional cultures, especially those of postcolonial societies. Tracing the full life-cycle of films and studying blockbusters like City of GodMotorcycle Diaries, and Children of Men this book argues that neoliberal globalization has created a highly ambivalent space for cultural expression, one willing to market against itself as long as the stories sell. The result is an innovative and ground-breaking text suited to scholars interested in globalization studies, Latin-American studies and film studies.


Available here from 11 June 2018.


Caring in Times of Precarity: A Study of Single Women Doing Creative Work in Shanghai

Author: Yiu Fai, Chow


  • Explores and understands how women are living their single lives in a Chinese city.
  • Intersects concern with China’s experience of single womanhood and creative work.
  • Engages with the fundamental issue of precarity, which configures the post-Fordian, contemporary condition of our lives.


Caring in Times of Precarity draws together two key cultural observations: the increase in those living a single life, and the growing attraction of creative careers. Straddling this historical juncture, the book focuses on one particular group of ‘precariat’: single women in Shanghai in various forms of creative (self-)employment. While negotiating their share of the uncanny creative work ethos, these women also find themselves interpellated as shengnü (‘left-over women’) in a society configured by a mix of Confucian values, heterosexual ideals, and global images of womanhood. Following these women’s professional, social and intimate lives, the book refuses to see their singlehood and creative labour as problematic, and them as victims. It departs from dominant thinking on precarity, which foregrounds and critiques the contemporary need to be flexible, mobile, and spontaneous to the extent of (self-)exploitation, accepting insecurity. The book seeks to understand– empirically and specifically–women’s everyday struggles and pleasures. It highlights the up-close, everyday embodied, affective, and subjective experience in a particular Chinese city, with broader, global resonances well beyond China. Exploring the limits of the politics of precarity, the book proposes an ethics of care.


Available here from 25 September 2018.


Palgrave Studies in Globalization, Culture and Society

Series Editors: Jeroen de Kloet and Esther Peeren


Palgrave Studies in Globalization, Culture and Society traverses the boundaries between the humanities and the social sciences to critically explore the cultural and social dimensions of contemporary globalization processes. This entails looking at the way globalization unfolds through and within cultural and social practices, and identifying and understanding how it effects cultural and social change across the world. The series asks what, in its different guises and unequal diffusion, globalization is taken to be and do in and across specific locations, and what social, political and cultural forms and imaginations this makes possible or renders obsolete. A particular focus is the vital contribution made by different forms of the imagination (social, cultural, popular) to the conception, experience and critique of contemporary globalization. Palgrave Studies in Globalization, Culture and Society is committed to addressing globalization across cultural contexts (western and non-western) through interdisciplinary, theoretically driven scholarship that is empirically grounded in detailed case studies and close analyses.


Within the scope outlined above, we invite junior and senior scholars to submit proposals for monographs, edited volumes and the Palgrave Pivot format. Please contact the series editors for more information: /