In this book Don Robotham, Professor of Anthropology at City University of New York, argues that economic issues are being overlooked in studies of contemporary culture and society. Moreover, he suggests that a number of key cultural and social theorists have had a significant role in sidelining economics. In Chapter 1, Robotham elaborates on the need to bring the economy back into analyses of contemporary society, arguing that the absence of convincing critiques of globalization results from the triumph of cultural and social theories that see culture and society as independent from what he regards as their economic foundation. For Robotham, if the anti-globalization movement is to enter the mainstream of political life, it must offer solutions to everyday economic, social, and political problems facing ordinary people. He contends that “action in the sphere of the economy… is the central force in...

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