Human Motivations and Political Action: Transforming Responses to the Challenge of Globalisation

By Michael Allen.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Paper proposes expansion of the range of human motivations that are considered to be vital to explanations of political action in global and local networks.

Keywords: Non-Material Motivation, Forms of Consciousness, Globalisation

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 3, Issue 7, pp.139-144. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.758MB).

Prof. Michael Allen

Michael Allen teaches International Relations in the Department of Political Science at Bryn Mawr College. His fields of special interest are International Political Economy and International Law. His early work focused upon structural change and ideological transformation in global industries with special reference to the aluminium industry. A specific question was how change is mediated through a range of forms of political encounter, including bargaining. Later work has applied that synthesis, in more evolved form, to a critique of globalization, and appears as journal articles and chapters in edited volumes. Current work examines the impact of globalization upon the transition to democracy in South Africa and the implications for the subsequent quality of that democracy. Allen has also been involved in Human Rights teaching and research in South Africa, in the International Human Rights Exchange. His critique of Human Rights discourse is nested within that of globalization, and he has written on the governance and International legal implications of the compartmentalization of Human Rights, market, ecological and security discourses. He holds memberships in the International Studies Association and British International Studies Association. Allen has served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Jamaica, and collaborates in Edu-Tourism, a transnational organization dedicated to bottom-up development in the Global South. He is married and has two children.


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