About GSJ

The Globality Studies Journal brings theoretical, empirical, historical, and comparative approaches of contemporary social science into focus.

Theoretical views focus on globality as an emerging concept that refers to a societal condition, like modernity did. Yet unlike modernity, globality can be served light. A tool for research and not promotion of the processes of globalization, it will be geared in the paragraphs of GSJ to work with a modicum of epistemological and cultural assumptions about the interconnectivity between peoples, cultures, and environments.

Empirical work focuses on the levels of globality of human practices, which are determined by research and analysis and have to be specified regionally. For example, local weather reporting and forecasting seems to be worldwide today and supposedly in a state of full-fledged globality (with much room, of course, for more detail and greater accuracy), yet the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake revealed that local tsunami detection and warning is still dangerously uneven by standards of globality.

Historical dimensions focus on the globality of human actions and interactions that have waxed and waned over time. The narrative premise that human spatial connectivity and consciousness have grown slowly overall until the Industrial Revolution, and more rapidly since then, will be checked against the global archival record; the trajectory of past and present globalizations will be examined; and local histories squared with global history.

Comparative analyses focus on the globality of regional variations and intercultural differences, which let many flowers bloom but generate much strife and tension as well. Taking on the comparative challenges, the Globality Studies Journal will also be political at times. Authors are situated, have perspectives, and must be able to present and/or discuss competing globality scenarios.

Wolf Schäfer, Editor