Institute of Sociology
of the Federal Center of Theoretical and Applied Sociology
of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Oleg N. Yanitsky. Metabolism as a master frame for globalization analysis



Oleg N. Yanitsky. Metabolism as a master frame for globalization analysis // Official portal IS RAS. 2017. 9 p. URL: http://www.isras.ru/publ.html?id=4930

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Abstract

The article attempts to analyze a globalization process in the frame of metabolism approach. This term borrowed from natural sciences is applied to the study of globalization as a very complex sociobiotechnical system (the SBT-system) with the focus on controversies and conflicts generated by its qualitatively different actors. The following aspects of the above conflicts are analyzed: the global network dynamics vs. sustainability of local/regional social ecosystems; the global unification vs. local/regional diversity; between all-embracing permeability and local/regional ecosystems; a new social stratification: the internet winners vs. dispersed losers; the internet developers vs. natural resources extractors; between two types of network society, an individualized and mass ones; the conflict between virtual and material, i.e. habitual world; the controversies generated by an openness of global informational turnover and privacy protection; and the inner contradictions within the SBT-systems of various scale as such. The author came to conclusion that the metabolic approach allows to reveal some interesting qualitative transformations and to overcome an oversimplification of interactive approach to social processes within and around of the SBT-systems.


Keywords:

globalization metabolism approach

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Oleg N. Yanitsky. Metabolism as a master frame for globalization analysis // Official portal IS RAS. 2017. 9 p. URL: http://www.isras.ru/publ.html?id=4930