Globalization and Hybridization: Towards a New Social Order

Publication type Article
Status Published
Occupation: Chief Researcher
Affiliation: Institute of Sociology of FCTAS RAS
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Journal nameSotsiologicheskie issledovaniya
EditionIssue 8

The world is in a transition toward the global and hybrid condition. In this article the author examines the very notions of globalization and hybridization processes, the relationships between these two peculiarities of the modern world resulting, in particular, in the shaping of sociobiotechnical systems (hereafter the SBT-systems) of various scale, and the relationships between them. I consider the very fact of an emergence and shaping of the SBT-systems as a result of numerous metabolic processes that are now peculiar both to a natural and social world. On the other hand, a man since recently is capable to construct a nature-like materials and living entities. Therefore, I consider the hybridization processes as the main way of the SBT-system construction and development. But the reverse side of the same coin is a new form of producing marginal man as a cumulative effect of a set of factors like a necessity to be permanently mobile and professional upgrading coupled with the growing pressure of the consumerist ideology which generates individualization of a person’s behavior and loss of his/her Motherland. Besides, the world of smart machines forces a man to communicate with the others on a digital language only. In sum, the above changes provoke chaotic state of living world and compel ordinary people together with the scientists, independent politicians and the grassroots to struggle collectively for a more just social order.

Keywordsglobalization, hybridization, marginal man, metabolic processes, the SBT-systems, time, transition period
Publication date12.08.2019
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