People in the Middle: Neoglobalization, Infeartainment and Sustainability

By Narayan Gopalkrishnan.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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The paper will focus on the context of Social Sustainability within the overall Sustainable Development paradigm. It will examine the implications of working towards sustainable development in an environment where most nation-states are being restrucured on neo-liberal lines. Using the term NeoGlobalization to refer to those aspects of Globalization that are integral to the spread of neo-liberalism, the paper will excavate the implications within the nation-state and look at the changing relationship between the state and the polity. The dramatic economic changes prompted by NeoGlobalization have led to leaders increasingly relying on fear as a way of building cohesion within society and in particular in communities that are being alienated by NeoGlobalization. This paper introduces the notion of “infeartainment’ and excavates the use of this concept as a way of entertaining the polity while containing them at the same time. It will go on to elucidate the impacts of infeartainment on the different areas of human life and also analyse the repercussions on governance and on society especially in the context of social sustainability.

Keywords: Globalization, Fear, Social Cohesion

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 3, Issue 5, pp.159-166. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 508.627KB).

Narayan Gopalkrishnan

Director, Center for Multicultural and Community Development (CMCD), University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Narayan is the Director of the Center for Multicultural and Community Development (CMCD), a research center of the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. CMCD focuses on research, training and consultancies around a range of issues in the areas impacting on multiculturalism and community development. As well as being the Director of CMCD, Narayan is currently the coordinator of the Bachelor of Social Science (Community Work) Degree and lectures in the areas of Community Work, Counselling and Globalisation. Narayan has extensive work experience in Australia and overseas (including India) in working on issues of diversity, cross-cultural development, aid and development and working with refugees, migrants and indigenous people. He has guest lectured at universities in several countries including Thailand, India and Uganda. Narayan has presented keynote addresses and papers at a number of international conferences. He has been training, managing projects, teaching and researching for over 20 years in Australia and overseas.

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