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Globalization and Autonomy series


General Editor: William D. Coleman
Professor, University of Waterloo and the Balsillie School of International Affairs

The Globalization and Autonomy Series is the result of a major international research initiative sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. This international and interdisciplinary research project investigates the relationship between globalization and the processes of securing and building autonomy. In particular, the series assesses:

  • the opportunities globalization might create and the constraints globalization might place on individuals and communities seeking to secure and build autonomy;
  • the extent to which individuals and communities might be able to exploit these opportunities and to overcome these constraints;
  • the opportunities for empowerment that globalization might create for individuals and communities seeking to secure and to build autonomy; and
  • how the autonomy available to individuals and communities might permit them to contest, reshape, or engage globalization.

The Globalization and Automomy Series includes contributors from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Jordan, Lebanon, Slovenia, Spain Taiwan, Tunisia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Disciplines represented include Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, Economics, English Literature, Ethnomusicology, Geography, History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology.

Two Mediterranean Worlds

Two Mediterranean Worlds
Diverging Paths of Globalization and Autonomy
Edited by Yassine Essid and William D. Coleman
Translated by Käthe Roth

By exploring variations in individual and collective autonomy in the northern and southern Mediterranean, this volume uncovers the underlying conditions that gave birth to the Arab Spring.

2012, 440 pages, 6 x 9"


Property, Territory, Globalization

Property, Territory, Globalization
Struggles over Autonomy
Edited by William D. Coleman

This exploration of property regimes in crisis opens a window to the dark side of globalization and the struggles for autonomy that have erupted in its wake.

2011, 320 pages, 6 x 9"


Global Ordering

Global Ordering
Institutions and Autonomy in a Changing World
Edited by Louis Pauly and William D. Coleman

How are established institutions with governance functions adapting to the new global order and tensions between integration and autonomy?

2008, 352 pages, 6 x 9"


Renegotiating Community

Renegotiating Community
Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Global Contexts
Edited by Diana Brydon and William D. Coleman

What is community and how is it made under contemporary conditions of globalization? In an age when the very notion of “community” seems to be more subjective, fragmented, and elusive than ever before, Global Ordering reminds readers of how discourses of citizenship and nationhood can be enriched.

2008, 328 pages, 6 x 9"


Empires and Autonomy

Empires and Autonomy
Moments in the History of Globalization
Edited by Stephen Streeter, William D. Coleman, John Weaver

This innovative, collaborative study explores moments in the history of globalization and autonomy to provide insights into changes overtaking the contemporary world.

2009, 394 pages, 6 x 9”


Unsettled Legitimacy

Unsettled Legitimacy
Political Community, Power, and Authority in a Global Era
Edited by Steven Bernstein and William D. Coleman

This ground-breaking work explores how the unsettling of legitimacy has affected the relationships between authority, power, and political community in local, regional, national, and global settings.

2009, 408 pages, 6 x 9”


Cultural Autonomy

Cultural Autonomy
Frictions and Connections
Edited by Petra Rethmann, Imre Szeman and William D. Coleman

This innovative collection redefines and carves out new terrain for debate about autonomy and culture in an age of globalization.

2010, 344 pages, 6 x 9"

Indigenous Peoples and Autonomy

Indigenous Peoples and Autonomy
Insights for a Global Age
Edited by Mario Blaser, Ravi de Costa, Deborah McGregor and William D. Coleman

This book looks at how indigenous peoples in various contexts have thought about, and responded to, the pressures that globalization has on their cultural, political, and geographical autonomy.

2010, 312 pages, 6 x 9"


Download our Globalization & Autonomy Series brochure:

  • PDF, 2.3 MB
  • includes list of forthcoming titles

For the full llist of titles in this series, visit
the Globalization and Autonomy Online Compendium

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