The Routledge Handbook of Transformative Global Studies provides diverse and cutting-edge perspectives on this fast-changing field. For 30 years the world has been caught in a long ‘global interregnum,’ plunging from one crisis to the next and witnessing the emergence of new, vibrant, multiple, and sometimes contradictory forms of popular resistance and politics.

This global ‘interregnum’ – or a period of uncertainty where the old hegemony is fading and the new ones have not yet been fully realized – necessitates critical self-reflection, brave intellectual speculation and (un)learning of perceived wisdoms, and greater transdisciplinary collaboration across theories, localities, and subjects. This Handbook takes up this challenge by developing fresh perspectives on globalization, development, neoliberalism, capitalism, and their progressive alternatives, addressing issues of democracy, power, inequality, insecurity, precarity, wellbeing, education, displacement, social movements, violence and war, and climate change. Throughout, it emphasizes the dynamics for system change, including bringing post-capitalist, feminist, (de)colonial, and other critical perspectives to support transformative global praxis.

This volume brings together a mixture of fresh and established scholars from across disciplines and from a range of both Northern and Southern contexts. Researchers and students from around the world and across the fields of politics, sociology, international development, international relations, geography, economics, area studies, and philosophy will find this an invaluable and fresh guide to global studies in the 21st century.

part I|136 pages

Theory in transition

chapter 4|11 pages

Crises of capital and climate

Three contradictions and prospects for contestation

chapter 5|15 pages

Global economy of knowledge in transformative global studies

Decoloniality, ecologies of knowledges, and pluriversity

chapter 6|13 pages

Another world is possible

The possibilities for a transformative, post-capitalist education

chapter 7|11 pages

Revisiting neoliberalism in the age of rising authoritarianisms

Between convictions and contradictions

chapter 8|12 pages

End of ideology?

A neoliberal hoax and lessons for the left

chapter 9|13 pages

Pueblo and exteriority

On the thought of Enrique Dussel

chapter 10|14 pages

Transmodern transdevelopment

An alternative response to the 21st century global ecosociocultural crisis

part II|97 pages

Transformation in the interregnum

chapter 13|13 pages

Contested American dominance

Global order in an era of rising powers

chapter 14|15 pages

Pro-capitalist violence and globalization

Lessons from Latin America

chapter 16|13 pages

The (mis)shaping of health

Problematizing neoliberal discourses of individualism and responsibility

chapter 17|13 pages

Politics of hope

Transformation or stagnation?

part |70 pages


chapter 18|12 pages

A materialist ecofeminist reading of the green economy

Or, yes Karl, the ecological footprint is sex-gendered

chapter 19|14 pages

Climate change and capitalism

chapter 20|14 pages

Planetary ethics beyond neoliberalism

The Earth Charter’s “Community of Life”

chapter 21|14 pages

The politics of the land rush

Scales of land contention and the reconfiguration of political authority

chapter 22|14 pages

Three worlds of climate imperialism?

Prospects for climate justice

part |102 pages


chapter 23|16 pages

Work in global capitalism

chapter 27|16 pages

A capitalist world?

Imagining, envisioning and enacting futures of work and organisation centred around informal and diverse economies

chapter 28|13 pages

Owning the future of work

chapter 29|16 pages

The future of labor and capital in China

part III|123 pages

Alternative futures

chapter 30|12 pages

Toward human/non-human conviviality

Buen Vivir as a transformative alternative to capitalist coloniality

chapter 31|13 pages

Subaltern politics in the world’s largest democracy

Utopian horizons versus conjunctural compulsions?

chapter 32|16 pages

Intersectionality and refugee justice

Feminist approaches to insecurity and precarity

chapter 35|13 pages

Governing the Petropolis

From resource entrepreneurialism to resource commoning

chapter 36|14 pages

Strategy in/for progressive transformation

A Pluri-scalar war of position

chapter 38|14 pages

The future of revolutions

Intersectional global climate justice as humanity’s best hope