VI Global?

The Word and the Things: An Archaeology of an Amnesic Notion

Armand Mattelart

Globalization? Isn’t it first of all the speed with which most languages have incorporated this term taken over from English, without it ever being subject to a preliminary inventory by citizens? Yet this word, which indisputably evokes the new modalities of interconnection between societies, economies and cultures, is part of a specific ideological configuration with a totalizing ambition—or, to use a foucauldian concept, it belongs to a particular “regime of truth” where it finds its meaning. This “‘Truth’ is linked in a circular relation with systems of power which produce and sustain it, and to effects of power which it induces and which extend it.”1 What is presumed to be true is therefore not merely “superstructural.” It is the very condition for the formation and the development of what has come to be called the integrated world capitalism. Its very own vision of the world gradually turns into a universally shared belief.

The context of social atopy that presided over the dissemination of the “global” as a common belief accounting for the current and future state

A. Mattelart (*)

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© The Author(s) 2017

P. Bonditti et al. (eds.), Foucault and the Modern International, The Sciences Po Series in International Relations and Political Economy, DOI 10.1057/978-1-137-56153-4_16

of our planet largely contributes to the vagueness that surrounds such a notion. Hence the importance there is to unearth the archaeology of some of the expressions of this one-sided thinking.2

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