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The Defiance of Global Commitment: A Complex Social Psychology

Castellani, Brian

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The Brexit vote; the election of Trump; the upsurge of European nationalism; the devolution of the Arab Spring; global violence; Chinese expansionism; disruptive climate change; the riotous instabilities of the world capitalist system…While diverse in nature, these events share a common denominator: they are less a failure of policy, and more a complex social psychological reaction to globalization, the result of which presently threatens our survival on Earth. Based on a critical reading of Freud’s Civilization and its discontents, The defiance of global commitment constructs a complex social psychology of how people all over the world are addressingglobalization. Drawing on the latest advances in the cognitive, social, and complexity sciences, this timely volume presents a global model of defiance and the triangular tensions between nostalgic retreat, global aggression, and civil society, as manifested in forms ranging from nostalgic resentment and LGBTQI issues to racism and ecological aggression. Revealing how globalization and its discontents manifest the darker reaches of the human psyche and its conflicted relations with others, this insightful monograph will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as postdoctoral researchers, interested in fields such as globalization studies, complexity sciences and social psychology.


Castellani, B. (2018). The Defiance of Global Commitment: A Complex Social Psychology. Routledge.

Book Type Authored Book
Online Publication Date Jan 29, 2018
Publication Date Jan 29, 2018
Deposit Date Sep 24, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jul 29, 2019
Publisher Routledge
Series Title Complexity in Social Science
ISBN 9780815353171
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