The Coming Apocalypses of Zombies and Globalization

  • David A. Reilly


The zombie genre has exploded into pop culture. But what is the attraction? What do zombies represent and why have they captured our interest? This chapter explores some of the answers and offers a novel hypothesis: in both the zombie apocalypse and the destructive path of globalization, individuals are empowered as states fail. Globalization has been described as a “Coming Anarchy” of fragmentation and homogenization that creates a sense of despair and powerlessness not unlike the onslaught of zombie hordes. Despite this, through an analysis of the diffusion process of zombification, this chapter argues that the common theme in both globalization and zombification is that the individual is empowered as the state collapses.


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