Just doing there final work – proof reading etc. – A book under the title
Opening Views against the Closure of the World
should then soon ready for publication at http://www.wvfs.at. Some overview in the following.
The contributions collected in this volumes are all centred around challenges we face globally – and saying globally means that they are taking such perspective seriously as one that “concerns us all”. Too often social science remains explicitly limited by understanding the process of globalisation as a matter of (i) maintaining the old developmentalist perspective, presuming the superiority of what is today called global north or (ii) as suspicious, i.e. defending in one way or another indigeneity. A possible further move consists in (iii) claiming some form of merger, the caminare insieme, for which the present pope can claim some fame, is then reduced on some moral statement, translated into demanding collective rationality against greed and the appealing to the mercy, facing the invisible hand with the negative effects of pure individualism. There remains a huge gap here and there – when it comes to developing an understanding that goes fundamentally further, actually seriously discussing the autochthonous mindsests. And saying this, it is also necessary to remind ourselves that these concepts are anything else than autochthonous. History calls for caution – and though the contributions cannot claim the present a radical rupture in thinking, it is at least an attempt to push considerations further into that direction. In this way the book also tries to give space for questions instead of coming up with answers.
TOC (page numbers provisional)
Preface and Acknowledgements……….. 6
Research on demand Academics between self-consciousness and self-chastisement……….. 14
European Policies of Social Inclusion – Fatality of Good-Will……….. 32
Capability and Social Policy – The Search for Social Quality……….. 63
Social Quality – Social Anomie. Two Sides of one Coin?……….. 88
World Systems Theory and Theory of Social Quality as Proposal for a Methodology for Rethinking a World in Crisis and Transformation……….. 105
Environmental Democracy – New Challenges……….. 133
Crisis and no end !?……….. 152