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.

chapter |10 pages

Towards new agendas for transformative global studies

An introduction
ByS. A. Hamed Hosseini, James Goodman, Sara C. Motta, Barry K. Gills

part I|136 pages

Theory in transition

chapter 1|16 pages

Reinventing global studies through transformative scholarship

A critical proposition
ByS. A. Hamed Hosseini, Barry K. Gills

chapter 3|14 pages

On the question of bodies, flesh, and global racial capitalism

ByAnna M. Agathangelou, Mishall Ahmed

chapter 4|11 pages

Crises of capital and climate

Three contradictions and prospects for contestation
ByJames Anderson, James Goodman

chapter 5|15 pages

Global economy of knowledge in transformative global studies

Decoloniality, ecologies of knowledges, and pluriversity
BySabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni

chapter 6|13 pages

Another world is possible

The possibilities for a transformative, post-capitalist education
ByRichard Hall

chapter 7|11 pages

Revisiting neoliberalism in the age of rising authoritarianisms

Between convictions and contradictions
ByEmel Akçalı

chapter 8|12 pages

End of ideology?

A neoliberal hoax and lessons for the left
ByRafal Soborski

chapter 9|13 pages

Pueblo and exteriority

On the thought of Enrique Dussel
ByMario Sáenz

chapter 10|14 pages

Transmodern transdevelopment

An alternative response to the 21st century global ecosociocultural crisis
ByAntonio Luis Hidalgo-Capitán, Ana Patricia Cubillo-Guevara

part II|97 pages

Transformation in the interregnum

chapter 12|16 pages

BRICS from above, commoning from below

ByPatrick Bond, Ana Garcia

chapter 13|13 pages

Contested American dominance

Global order in an era of rising powers
BySalvador Santino F. Regilme Jr, James Parisot

chapter 14|15 pages

Pro-capitalist violence and globalization

Lessons from Latin America
ByJasmin Hristov

chapter 15|9 pages

Populism and transformative politics in West Bengal, India

ByDebal K. SinghaRoy

chapter 16|13 pages

The (mis)shaping of health

Problematizing neoliberal discourses of individualism and responsibility
ByLisette Farias Vera

chapter 17|13 pages

Politics of hope

Transformation or stagnation?
ByMarjo Lindroth, Heidi Sinevaara-Niskanen

part |70 pages


chapter 18|12 pages

A materialist ecofeminist reading of the green economy

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

chapter 19|14 pages

Climate change and capitalism

ByHans A. Baer

chapter 20|14 pages

Planetary ethics beyond neoliberalism

The Earth Charter’s “Community of Life”
ByAlfonso Fernández-Herrería, Francisco Miguel Martínez-Rodríguez

chapter 21|14 pages

The politics of the land rush

Scales of land contention and the reconfiguration of political authority
ByJacobo Grajales, Mathilde Allain

chapter 22|14 pages

Three worlds of climate imperialism?

Prospects for climate justice
ByJames Goodman

part |102 pages


chapter 23|16 pages

Work in global capitalism

ByKwang-Yeong Shin

chapter 24|12 pages

Unravelling monopoly capital in the 21st century and the role of the imperial innovation system

Silicon Valley and counter-hegemonies
ByRaúl Delgado Wise

chapter 25|13 pages

Public Health 4.0 in the emergent climate of global transformation

ByDeane Neubauer

chapter 26|15 pages

Global capitalism, wealth inequality, and the art sector

ByAndrés Solimano, Paula Solimano

chapter 27|16 pages

A capitalist world?

Imagining, envisioning and enacting futures of work and organisation centred around informal and diverse economies
ByRichard J. White, Colin C. Williams

chapter 28|13 pages

Owning the future of work

ByAlec Stubbs

chapter 29|16 pages

The future of labor and capital in China

ByAn Li, Zhun Xu

part III|123 pages

Alternative futures

chapter 30|12 pages

Toward human/non-human conviviality

Buen Vivir as a transformative alternative to capitalist coloniality
ByEija Ranta

chapter 31|13 pages

Subaltern politics in the world’s largest democracy

Utopian horizons versus conjunctural compulsions?
ByAlf Gunvald Nilsen

chapter 32|16 pages

Intersectionality and refugee justice

Feminist approaches to insecurity and precarity
ByBeverly Weber

chapter 34|14 pages

Territories of decolonising feminist/ised struggles

BySara C. Motta

chapter 35|13 pages

Governing the Petropolis

From resource entrepreneurialism to resource commoning
ByFranklin Obeng-Odoom

chapter 36|14 pages

Strategy in/for progressive transformation

A Pluri-scalar war of position
ByThomas Muhr

chapter 37|13 pages

Struggle, resistance and disruption in austerity Europe

ByNikolai Huke, David J. Bailey, Mònica Clua-Losada, Olatz Ribera-Almandoz

chapter 38|14 pages

The future of revolutions

Intersectional global climate justice as humanity’s best hope
ByJohn Foran