Two Mediterranean Worlds

Diverging Paths of Globalization and Autonomy

Edited by Yassine Essid and William D. Coleman

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  • Published: February 2013
  • Subject Listing: Globalization
  • Bibliographic information: February. 440 pp., 6 x 9 in.
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  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

Observers and students of globalization struggle with two questions. Why are globalizing processes so unevenly distributed between poor and wealthy countries? What effect does this uneven distribution have on the everyday lives of ordinary people?

The contributors to this volume find answers to these questions in the Mediterranean, a region divided between the relatively wealthy people of the north shore, who are engaged with Europe and modernized, and their poorer neighbours to the south, who strive daily to meet the same standards of living and modes of governance as their more Westernized neighbours to the north. In these two regions, divergent histories, economies, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, education systems, and political structures lead to explanations for uneven globalization and disparities in the achievement of individual and collective autonomy, in the Mediterranean region and around the world.

These illuminating case studies show that globalization for the people of North Africa and the Near East has precipitated both a desire to build stronger ties with an ever-wary Europe and a search for individual and collective autonomy, particularly in the cultural realm. The seeds of discontent sown by these struggles underpin the demonstrations for political autonomy that sparked the Arab Spring.

Yassine Essid is an expert on the history of Islamic economic thought and on the history and place of Islam in North Africa and the Middle East. William D. Coleman has overseen the writing of the books in the Globalization and Autonomy Series. He carries out research on different theories about globalization and on global governance. Other contributors include Mongi Bahloul, Samouel Beji, Houda Ben Hassen, Almudena Hasan Bosque, Lotfi Bouzaiane, Abdeljabbar Bsaies, Faika Charfi, Hachmi Dhaou, Yassine Essid, Sonia Fellous, Amado A. Millan Fuertes, Nizard Jouini, Rulof Kerkhoff, Myriem Lakhoua, Latifa Lakhdhar, Jihen Malek, Paula Duran Monfort, Rim Ben Ayed Mouelhi, Olivia Orozco de la Torre, Fatma Sarraj, Francois Zabbal, and Sameh Zouari.