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Morphogenesis, Continuity and Change in the International Political System

  • Colin WightEmail author
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Abstract

Change seems to be the leitmotif of the contemporary world. Globalization, we are led to believe, is changing everything. Time and space are no longer what they once were; class structures and gender relations are said to be undergoing transformation; there are increased hopes for disarmament, paradoxically existing alongside growing fears about nuclear proliferation and claims that interstate war may now be obsolete; existing state boundaries, and the nature of the state itself, are also in question. The aim of this chapter is to explore the causes, courses, and consequences of global social change from the vantage point of morphogenesis. The focus of this chapter is on international relations and the underlying assumption is that social change anywhere in the contemporary world can only be examined from this global context. The chapter also argues that morphogenesis provides us with a unique framework for dealing with social change at the global level.

Keywords

Globalization International political system Social change at global level Global social change Growing fears Existing state boundaries Nature of the state itself 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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