Articles by: Paul James

Author Biography:

Paul James is a researcher in the Institute for Culture and Society at the Western Sydney University. He is Scientific Advisor to the City of Berlin, and a Metropolis Ambassador of Urban Innovation. He has been an editor of Arena since 1986, and is author or editor of numerous books including Globalization Matters: Engaging the Global in Unsettled Times (with Manfred Steger, Cambridge University Press, 2019).

Informit: Changing forms of economy and class

Dealing adequately with themes as fundamental as 'economy' and 'class' takes incredibly systematic theoretical work. This complexity is compounded when adding in issues of changing historical context, contemporary social consequence and intersecting ontological formations - issues that writers associated with Arena have over the last fifty years sought to think through with considerable intensity. With these demands, adequately theorizing economy and class becomes a massive task. It needs to draw upon different disciplines, from anthropology…

Informit: Exit Europe, stage right

On that Friday morning, people were in shock. Britain's citizens woke up on 25 June to find out they had decided to leave the EU. Their decision taken in 1975 to confirm membership of the European Community had been reversed, and nobody was sure what it meant. The morning papers did not herald the reversal. They had gone to press too early to know. In London, as people stood in queues for morning coffee at…

Editorial – Issue 41/42 ‘People, Planet and the Anthropocene: Spectators of Our Own Demise?’, by Paul James

Humans now have the capacity to produce synthetic life-forms (since 2010) and to destroy life on this planet as we know it (since 1952). It is only by recognizing this point — that we are now reconstituting the very basis of nature — that adequate acknowledgement of the Anthropocene starts to hit home.

Informit: Globalization and Finance Capitalism: Beyond All-or-Nothing Arguments

The enormous changes in financial transactions brought about by globalization are indicative of a transformed global economic system. The implications of the peculiar global-local finance capitalism that has emerged from it and its possible adverse effects are discussed.

Informit: The terrorist syndrome

Informit: A world without borders?: debating the good and bad of national boundaries.

Informit: A kiss is never just a kiss: lesbians have no right to have a child, but then neither do ‘loving married couples’

Informit: Lest we forget [The new meaning of black armband nationalism.]

Informit: Figures of vulnerability: a culture of contradiction. [Pauline Hanson is being used by everyone to mark their politics. Is she the politician we deserve?.]

Informit: What does a true believer believe?. [Editorial]

Informit: The postmodern republic thing

Informit: What is life like on planet nescafe?

Paul James considers the relations between globalization, the selling of nostalgia and the pleasures of consumption.