Atasoy's book of the month

Apr 16, 2003,
By Stuart Colcleugh

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Many have come to regard globalization as some sort of unstoppable socio-economic tidal wave, forever altering everything in its path.

But SFU political sociologist Yildiz Atasoy's recently published first book - and the SFU bookstore's April book of the month - Global Shaping and Its Alternatives, dismisses this notion as pure fatalism.

The collection of essays, which Atasoy (left) co-edited with University of Victoria sociologist William Carroll, argues that globalization is not an inevitable process. It is a system deliberately designed by political and economic elites to reorganize the world capitalist economy and subordinate national states and cultures to its structure of class domination. A system that can be countered with progressive alternatives that emphasize locally rooted values.

"Most people in the world are simply trying to create a better life for themselves," says Atasoy, who joined SFU as an assistant professor last fall. "They don't live in a global village and don't care about the illusion that global market integration is inevitable."

"The Iraqi war not only demonstrates the political uncertainty surrounding the global market economy, but also the declining hegemonic power of the U.S. in enforcing its version of a global system in the geopolitical arena."

Much of Atasoy's current research focuses on global political trends, gender and Islamic politics in her native Turkey, where she received a masters in sociology in the capital of Ankara, her hometown.

She came to Canada in 1987 and completed her PhD at the University of Toronto in 1998, followed by teaching assignments at Ryerson, the University of Manitoba and the University of Michigan-Flint, before moving to SFU.

Along the way, she also became a Canadian citizen. "I like Vancouver and the university very much," she says, "and I'm gradually making new friends." As for adjusting to Canada, she says "it never really was much of a culture shock. Turkey is a very sophisticated country with democratic political and economic traditions and cosmopolitan cultural tastes."

Atasoy is already working on another book based on her PhD thesis, called Cosmopolitan Islamists in the Global Economy, which examines Islamist politics in Turkey within the context of the changing balance of domestic and international forces in the world economy.

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